New tip for safer smoking
CIGARETTE filters made from a new material can dramatically reduce harmful chemicals reaching the lungs, Dutch scientists announced yesterday.
The use of the substance known as a network-shaped polymer in filters cuts levels of tar by up to seven times and levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) by as much as 15 times, researchers from Wageningen and Maastricht Universities have discovered.
They called on the tobacco industry and European Governments to fund further research. John Carlisle of the Tobacco Manufacturers Association said: Without a full appraisal by our scientists, it is difficult to say what the implications could be. The industry will certainly want to investigate these claims.