Clear the air about 'safer' cigarettes

Cigarettes sold at retailers are tested at the Health Sciences Authority's laboratory in Outram Road. If they are found to have exceeded tar and nicotine limits, the tobacco company will be asked to recall the affected batch.
A designated smoking point in Yishun. In Singapore, people tend to get their fix at places where they eat out, such as coffee shops.
A designated smoking point in Yishun. In Singapore, people tend to get their fix at places where they eat out, such as coffee shops.ST FILE PHOTO
ST FILE PHOTO

Slick design, slimmer sticks and charcoal filters - HSA tests show these products are just as harmful

Cigarettes marketed as “slim” may come across as less harmful, perhaps because the products come in softer hues of white and pink rather than bold black or red.

Despite the slick designs, they are not much different from regular cigarettes in terms of the toxic substances they contain.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 14, 2018, with the headline 'Clear the air about 'safer' cigarettes'. Print Edition | Subscribe