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The modern cigarette, an unregulated disaster

Nigel J Gray
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (9): 502-503.
Published online: 5 November 2007

Regulation of tobacco products and their emissions is long, long overdue

The modern cigarette is an unmitigated public health disaster, more so than tobacco used in any other form. Together with other types of tobacco product, cigarettes are responsible for several million global deaths annually and expected to cause about 10 million annually by 2030.1 Modern cigarettes are uniquely efficient nicotine delivery devices because of sophisticated technology that controls such elements as pH and droplet size, and consequently provides rapid absorption and a rapid nicotine “fix” while using less tobacco, but many more additives, than its Second World War predecessor.2

  • Nigel J Gray

  • The Cancer Council Victoria, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: nigel@uicc.org

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