Which brand is the most likely to cause cancer?
A new study suggests that some tobacco brands, such as the highly addictive cigarettes that have become the latest big hit of anti-smoking campaigns, are a lot safer than others.
Researchers at the University of Adelaide and Imperial College London found that the most common type of cigarettes they tested, the disposable pack, was also among the safest.
However, they did find some brands were more dangerous than others, and it is likely that there are some brands that have a much higher chance of causing cancer.
Dr Peter G. Hensley, from the University’s Department of Tobacco Control, and Dr Robert L. Henson, from Imperial College’s Department, conducted a review of more than 6,000 cigarette packaging tests in Australia between 2005 and 2017.
The results showed that there were three different categories of cigarettes, the three most common types, and that the three types of cigarettes were more likely to contain carcinogens than the three other types of products they tested.
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Dr Hensleys team analysed the results of tests that were conducted between January 2005 and December 2017.
They found that cigarettes with the most nicotine were also the most commonly detected and most likely for cancer to develop.
They found similar levels of carcinogens in cigarettes containing butyric acids, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and nitrosamines.
“We found a significant association between the presence of butyriac acids and the risk of cancer,” Dr Henson told AAP.
Nicotine was found to be the most carcinogenic ingredient in cigarette packets and cigarette paper.
But the team found that nicotine-containing cigarettes were found to contain a number of other carcinogens.
“The findings also show that although the presence and concentration of butyl acetate, butyl carbamate, propylene glycol, and glycerin were higher in cigarettes with higher nicotine levels, they were also found to have less carcinogenic properties,” DrHenson said.
While cigarettes containing carcinogenic substances are commonly found in tobacco packaging, many of these are produced in small quantities, and not widely available.
In the latest analysis, researchers found that only 2 per cent of cigarette packets contained carcinogenic materials.
There are also a number different types of tobacco products, but Dr Hentsley and his colleagues said that some were more safe than others because they were produced in different quantities.
It is not known whether the presence or concentration of these carcinogenic compounds in cigarettes could have an impact on the health of people who smoke them.
People with diabetes, for example, may be at higher risk of developing lung cancer, but there are no specific tests for people with heart disease.
Although some researchers have suggested that the consumption of certain tobacco products might be linked to cancer, Dr Hentley said the findings suggested that people should be cautious.
“[There is] no scientific evidence to suggest that people who consume certain brands of cigarettes are more likely than others to develop cancer,” he said.