Tobacco Companies Secretly Altered Ingredients to Increase Addiction, Says Study

June 21, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A team of researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health has uncovered the long time practice by Tobacco companies of changing both the design and the ingredients in their cigarettes, without alerting smokers to the changes. Even when some of these changes exceeded acceptable product variance guidelines, the tobacco companies still hid the changes from consumers.

Smokers purchasing the same brand of cigarettes for years were unaware that the ingredients and the caffeine delivery systems were incrementally changed by tobacco companies. Without disclosure of the changes, consumers were deprived of the information needed to make purchases, based on the levels of addiction or harm.

The researchers are heralding this alarming study to push for a change in FDA rules, to require tobacco companies to disclose “…any changes made to tobacco products and disallowing the changes if they are proven to increase appeal, addiction and harm,” said Greg Connolly, director of the Tobacco Control Research Program at HSPH.

The researchers uncovered the Tobacco companies’ secret, by pouring over internal tobacco company documents, released following the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement. The documents detailed significant changes made to cigarettes, including blend, processing, casing, flavoring and physical design features. The levels of processed tobaccos were regularly adjusted within brands, the researchers found.

Other changes altered the smoke chemistry and the form of nicotine delivery, exposing an unaware smoker to greater amounts of nicotine.

The bottom line to all these changes was to increase the appeal and the addiction to the tobacco companies’ products, without letting the consumer know.

The researchers also noted before a senate hearing, how unscrupulous tobacco companies have increased nicotine content, manipulated menthol and added candy-like flavors to enhance appeal to children.

A landmark new bill was recently passed giving the Food and Drug Administration unprecedented oversight of the tobacco industry; to combat these types of industry practices that harm consumers.

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