US Adults Have Very Little Awareness Of Chemical Components In Cigarette Smoke: Study

Posted: Jun 26 2016, 2:20am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 26 2016, 10:41pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


US Adults have Very Little Awareness of Chemical Components in Cigarette Smoke: Study
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Report suggests information on tobacco constituents should be accessible to all segments of the society especially those most vulnerable to these products and health risks associated with them.

Cigarette is a complex mix of chemicals. Experts say there are more than 400 chemicals present in cigarette smoke and some of them are extremely harmful for heath. Unfortunately, most of the people who are smoking have no idea about what is inside their cigarette despite the fact they looked for relevant information. 

“The majority of the U.S. public wants easy access to information about chemicals in cigarettes and other tobacco products. Surprisingly, our results reveal that groups one might presume to be the least psychologically motivated to look for this information, young adults and smokers, were more likely to say that they had previously looked for the information.” Study lead author Marcella Boynton from University of North Carolina said.

To find out how many U.S. smokers are aware of chemical components in cigarette, researchers conducted a telephone survey among more than 5000 people, representing smokers, young adults and minority groups. Researchers found that more than a quarter of adults were keen to know the cigarette components and looked for it as well. That group was mainly comprised of young adults and 34 percent of them were smokers.

Out of non-smokers and older adults, 26% reported having looking for relevant information but most of them were largely unaware of the components present in cigarettes except nicotine. More than half of the respondents indicated they would like to have relevant information available on cigarette packs while 28 percent prefer to search out information online.

Report urges U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make the information about chemical components of cigarettes more accessible to all the segments of the society especially those which are most exposed to tobacco products and are at high risk of health issues associated with them. This will likely help many people to make better choices that eventually lead to good decisions. 

“By making tobacco chemical information available to the public tobacco industry practice more transparent, those seeking this information may be less likely to start smoking and more likely to quit because they will be better informed about the toxic chemicals present in tobacco products.” Boynton said.

Cigarette smoking is the No.1 cause of preventable deaths in United States. According to CDC, smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 thousand deaths per year and that is more than what obesity, substance abuse, firearms or traffic accidents can kill.

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