Cigarette Additives May Make It Tougher to Quit

Instead, the statement said, "the ingredients complement the subjective characteristics of the different tobacco types and provide the distinctive flavors, tastes, and aromas associated with our brands. We also use ingredients as processing aids and as humectants to keep the tobacco pliant. The flavor ingredients we use, and the precise way in which we use them, help distinguish our products from those of our competitors. The distinctive taste of our products is an extremely important and valuable part of our competitive strategy."

Philip Morris said it supports legislation that would give the federal government the authority to regulate cigarettes, although it thinks additives shouldn't be banned because they make a cigarette "taste better."

Rabinoff is author of a new book called Ending The Tobacco Holocaust: How Big Tobacco Affects Our Health, Pocketbook And Political Freedom, and What We Can Do About It.

Pankow, the Oregon professor, said the new study is "a bunch of information that's been out there, but they've put it all in one place."

As for the public, people aren't "aware of any given additive being used," he said.

More information

For help on quitting smoking, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Michael Rabinoff, D.O., Ph.D., assistant research psychiatrist, University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine; James Pankow, Ph.D., professor, Department of Environmental and Biomolecular Systems, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland; Aug. 2, 2007, statement, Phillip Morris; September 2007, American Journal of Public Health

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