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Chemical Analysis of Mainstream Smoke from Cigarillos, Large Cigars and Reference Cigarettes to Determine the Amount of Carbonyls

Principal Investigators: Andrew Mooney and Todd Cecil

Funding Mechanism:  Research Contract

ID number:  HHSF223201310037I7T

Award Date: 5/31/2017

Institution:  Labstat International ULC


This task order is a continuation of a project to measure specific harmful and potentially harmful constituent (HPHC) quantities in a variety of currently-marketed cigarillos, large cigars and reference cigarettes using a validated testing method. Acrolein is a chemical compound that has been identified as a significant contributor to tobacco products’ non-cancer respiratory effects (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD). This study will measure the acrolein yields of commercial cigar tobacco products (10 cigarillos and five large cigars) using the CORESTA No. 74 recommended method under the ISO and Canadian Intense smoking regimens. Additional analysis using reference cigarettes may help identify sources of variability (i.e., whether variability is due to the smoking regimen or the cigar products themselves) in the data generated for the cigarillo and cigar products. This study may help identify a recommended method to determine acrolein levels in cigars and cigarillos.