From: Food and Chemical Toxicology

Yi He, Klaus von Lampe, Laura Wood, Marin Kurti


• Lead and cadmium in counterfeit cigarettes seized by law enforcement agencies in the US were investigated using inductively coupled plasma – mass spectrometry (ICP-MS).

• Compared with genuine samples, markedly higher lead and cadmium concentrations were continuously found in counterfeit cigarettes.

• Geographic origins of counterfeit cigarettes affect lead and cadmium concentration.

J Prim Prev. 2015 Apr;36(2):71-8. doi: 10.1007/s10935-014-0377-9.

Azagba S1, Sharaf MF, Hammond D.