Editor’s Note: For more information about peer-review studies reporting on the elevated levels of toxic metals and nicotine in Chinese cigarettes, please see An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes and Impacts of Contraband Cigarettes. See the full text of the Tobacco Control article below here.


From: Tobacco Control



Background Metals of primary health concern can accumulate in the tobacco plant and contribute to smokers’ exposures to carcinogens, a significant cause of the millions of smoking-related deaths in China each year. These exposures are due to the smoker’s addiction to nicotine.