An article by Scollo et al – September 2017 – explains the recent machinations of the tobacco industry in Australia and the dirty tricks they have undertaken in response to the introduction of plain packaging . See also the Tasmanian Times on “squeeze balls“.
The latest ruse by tobacco companies is to try to get children hooked on cigarettes by inventing new menthol and other flavour “squeeze balls” in filters to give a rush of exciting taste. 52% of child smokers age 12-17 have tried these types of cigarettes with flavoured filters according to the most recent ASSAD survey completed by the Cancer Council Victoria.
The Commonwealth government has released, as a result of an FOI request, documents relating to the palatability of cigarettes and the potential to regulate tobacco products.
How a cigarette is engineered.
Two papers were released in January 2017 under FOI from the Commonwealth Government about the “Palatability” and “Tobacco product content regulation and disclosure requirements for tobacco products”. These documents have been under wraps since 2014. Check them out on our cigarette engineering additives page ! http://www.smokefreetasmania.com/cigarette-engineering-additives/
“Light” cigarettes are engineered using vented filters.
What is filter ventilation? what does it look like?
Vented filters have holes in the top of which let smoke out. This makes the cigarette taste less harsh, as there is less smoke. the problem is smokers suck harder to get their nicotine ” fix” . The smoke then goes deeper into the lungs. This means the cancer develops deep in the lungs and is harder to treat. Patients are more likely to die.
Use of and beliefs about light cigarettes in four countries: Findings from the International ; Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Survey itc-lights-ntr2004
The ‘‘low-tar’’ strategy and the changing construction of Australian cigarettes bkrb-04-low-tar-strategy-ntr
The decline in menthol use in Australia bk-et-al-decline-of-menthol
Light cigarettes shift cancers to the periphery of lungs. light-cigarettes-shift-lung-cancer-to-periphery