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Web Date: July 5, 2011

Tracking Cigarette Chemicals Puff By Puff

Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: cigarette, smoke, aerosol, gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, air quality

With each drag on a cigarette, a smoker inhales thousands of chemicals, many of which are toxic or carcinogenic. German researchers have now demonstrated a new separation and detection technique that tracks, puff by puff, the chemical makeup of cigarette smoke (Anal. Chem., DOI: 10.1021/ac201070j).

Most studies look at an entire cigarette’s worth of smoke: For example, researchers collect and analyze aerosol particles that have adsorbed onto a filter pad throughout a cigarette’s . . .

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