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Effects of Varying Tobacco Rod Circumference on Cigarette Combustion: An Experimental Investigation

: Tobacco: Production, Chemistry and Technology, edited by D.L. Davis and M.T. Nielsen, Blackwell Science, Oxford, UK, 1999, 353–387. 6. Irwin, W.D.E.: The Effect of Circumference on Mainstream Deliveries and Composition: Progress Report 2; BAT Report No RD. 2135, BAT UK, February 22, 1989. Available at: (accessed February 2019). 7. Liu, C., Y. DeGrandpré, A. Porter, A. Griffiths, K.G. McAdam, R. Voisine, F. Côté, and C.J. Proctor: The Use of a Novel Tobacco Treatment Process to Reduce

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Human Smoking Behaviour in Comparison with Machine Smoking Methods: A Summary of the Five Papers Presented at the 1995 Meeting of the CORESTA Smoke and Technology Groups in Vienna


During the last months there have been extensive discussions, particularly in the United States, whether and to what extent data obtained by machine smoking using standardized methods (e.g. ISO, FTC, Coresta) permit conclusions about the actual uptake of smoke constituents (nicotine, condensate, etc.) by a smoker. This topic was a major focus of interest at the meeting of the Coresta Smoke and Technology Group in Vienna from 10th to 14th September 1995. A total of five studies were presented, four of which compared smoke yields obtained by standard machine smoking with actual yields obtained by human smoking. The fifth study investigated the effect of alternative puffing regimens and filter vent blocking on “tar” and nicotine yields of cigarettes. This paper summarizes the essential findings of the five studies.

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Shredding - A Novel Technology for the Processing of Tobacco Stems which Alters Cigarette Properties


Shredding is a novel process for the utilization of tobacco stems. Stem pieces are forced between large, counter-rotating toothed blades where they are stripped lengthwise into thin, fibrous particles. When compared to the process of rolling and cutting, shredding produces particles having superior bulk filling capacity, cigarette filling index and end stability. The thin, fibrous structure of shredded stem modifies the burn characteristics of the cigarette. Pressure drop and burn rate are reduced, nicotine delivery is enhanced, and, most importantly, carbon monoxide delivery is significantly reduced. These changes provide a significant potential for product improvement. The use of shredded stem has no effect on “tar” delivery. Replacing cut rolled stem with shredded stem has no detectable effect on the chemical composition of the tobacco or on the flavour characteristics of the cigarettes.

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Ten Years and More of ‘Biosciences’ in CORESTA - A Brief Historic Overview

Measurement of Human Smoking Behaviour and the Influence of Changes in Behavioural Parameters on Mainstream Smoke Deliver-ies; CORESTA Joint Meeting Smoke and Technology Groups, Vienna, Austria, 1995, paper ST19. 5. Dunn, P.J., M. Youssef, and B. Bentrovato: Variations in Tar, Nicotine and Carbon Monoxide Deliveries Obtained by Smokers of the Same Brand; CORESTA Joint Meeting Smoke and Technology Groups, Vienna, Austria, 1995, paper ST20. 6. Borgerding, M.F. and L.S. Winkler: The Effect of Al-ternative Puffing Regimens on

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Comparative Investigation on the Measurement of Filter Efficiency: Results of an International Collaborative Investigation Carried out by the Coresta Smoke Technology Group / Vergleichsuntersuchung zur Ermittlung der Wirkung von Cigarettenfiltern: Ergebnisse einer Internationalen Ringuntersuchung durch die Arbeitsgruppe „Rauchanalytik“ der CORESTA


Various informations can be derived from the investigation on the measurement of filter efficiency which was carried out in cooperation of ten laboratories.

1.Weight of smoke condensates (wet and dry) and smoke alkaloids in mg per cigarette

a)Within each of the laboratories the dispersion of results can best be described by the coefficient of variation "within" the laboratories (standard deviation divided by mean, expressed as a percentage).

For the results obtained by using the CORESTA-standards the averages of this coefficient were as follows: condensate wet: 2.6 %; condensate dry: 2.3 %; alkaloids: 2.7 %.

In six laboratories a simplified method (without selection of cigarettes by weight and draw resistance) was used. Five of these laboratories obtained a wider dispersion of results while in the sixth the weights of total condensate were found to differ less from the mean. The CORESTA-standards are to be preferred for finer comparisons, while the simplified method can be accepted for routine estimation.

b)From the mean values obtained by the different laboratories for the same type of cigarette (comparable as to filter and tobacco) a coefficient of variation "between" laboratories can be calculated. For the measurements carried out according to CORESTA-standards, the averages of this coefficient were as follows: condensate wet: 8.3 %; condensate dry: 6.6 %; alkaloids: 11.0 %.

Approximately 30 % to 50 % of this dispersion between the laboratories can be explained by systematic deviations in details of the analytical procedures. These characteristic deviations are to be observed rather constantly in most of the measurements carried out on different types of cigarettes (differing by filter and tobacco).

2.Filter Efficiency

a)For measurements according to CORESTA-standards the coefficient of variation "within" the laboratories showed the following averages: condensate wet: 9.6 %; condensate dry: 6.7 %; alkaloids: 11.5 %. If the simplified method was applied in five of the laboratories this coefficient was found to be higher, while in the sixth of these laboratories no difference was observed.

b)The coefficient of variation "between" the laboratories (CORESTA-standards) had the following mean values: condensate wet: 15.0 %; condensate dry: 15.9 %; alkaloids: 17.5 %.

Even if due allowance is made for the known systematic deviations between the laboratories this dispersion cannot be reduced.

3.Comparison of two types of tobacco

Total condensates (wet and dry) and total smoke alkaloids per cigarette are found to be higher if tobacco 1 is used. This difference between the two tobaccos is shown in the plain cigarettes as well as in those with filter A or filter B. The average findings (10 laboratories, CORESTA-standards) were as follows: tobacco 1 - condensate wet: 41.1; condensate dry: 36.4; alkaloids: 2.64; tobacco 2 - condensate wet: 39.9; condensate dry: 34.4; alkaloids: 2.00.

4.Comparison of the two filters

Filter B is much more efficient than filter A as measured by the yields of condensates (wet and dry) and of alkaloids. The filter efficiency is practically not influenced by the use of the different tobaccos 1 or 2. The mean efficiency of the two filters (mean from tobaccos 1 and 2) is given below (CORESTA-method): filter A - condensate wet: 0.170; condensate dry: 0.187; alkaloids: 0.189; filter B - condensate wet: 0.338; condensate dry: 0.364; alkaloids: 0.347.

The filter efficiencies do not differ much, regardless whether they are measured by yield of wet or dry condensates or by yield of smoke alkaloids. With regard to draw resistance the two filters differ in the same sense but the difference is much smaller; filter A = 0.291; filter B = 0.350.

With each of the two filters tobacco 1 increases the draw resistance more than does tobacco 2.

5.Factors influencing the variability of results

The statistical analysis of the results obtained by one of the laboratories has shown that the yield of condensates and alkaloids per cigarette can vary considerably and systematically from one channel of the smoking machine to the other. Average amounts of smoke constituents should therefore only be calculated if all of the channels have received the same share of the cigarettes tested.

The estimation of filter efficiency was practically not influenced by the factor ''channel'' of the smoking machine.

It would be interesting to investigate whether the systematic divergencies of results which have been found between the laboratories can be attributed to detectable deviations in details of the analytical procedures.

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On the Hybrid F1 Characteristics of Physiology, Biochemistry, Product Quality and Resistance to Black Shank in Oriental Tobacco

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Current PCR Methods for the Detection, Identification and Quantification of Genetically Modified Organisms(GMOs): a Brief Review

) sur les denrćes alimentaires (ODAI) - Modification du 14 juin 1999; Eidgenóssische Drucksachen und Materialzentrale, Bern, Switzerland, 1999. 4. Anonymous: Lebensmitteh/erordnung (LMV, Swiss Food Ordinance), Vol. SR 817.02, Art. 15, 22, 23, and Lebensmittelgesetz Art. 9; Eidgenóssische Drucksachen und Materialzentrale, Bern, Switzerland, 1995. 5. Brandle, J.D, D. Bai: Biotechnology: uses and applications in tobacco improvement; itr. Tobacco: production, chemistry and technology, edited by D.L. Davis and M

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Trends in Tobacco Leaf Usability

, H.D.: Crop production and the design and manufacture of tobacco products; CORESTA Smoke and Technology Group, Bournemouth, England, September 11, 1987. 16. Ridgeway, L.: Roth mans: promoting quality flue-cured in new environments; World Tob. 130 (1992) 77-80. 17. Rogers, J.D. and A.R. Mitchem: Physical properties of leaf as indicators of chemical and smoking properties; Rec. Adv. Tob. Sci. 2 (1978) 112-126. 18. Singh, A.N. and S.N. Panikar: 1984. From dark soil to light: India's flue

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