A recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that smoking light cigarettes might be even dangerous. You might want to lay off these high-ventilation smokes, as they are linked to a higher risk of developing a severe form of lung cancer.
Are ventilation holes in cigarette filters good?
High-ventilation cigarettes, also known as low-tar, light, or mild, are marketed as a healthier option than other kinds of cigarettes. They contain lower levels of nicotine and tar, less chemicals than stronger versions, and have a less prominent flavor. However, they are not as healthy as they seem.
Studies found that these light cigarettes contributed to the development of adenocarcinoma. This is the most common type of lung cancer, which occurs deeper in the lungs than any other tumor. These higher rates of the disease were linked to the ventilation holes present in the filters of these cigarettes.
Light cigarettes produce more mutagen factors
Although these holes seem better for our health, they actually allow us to inhale more smoke. Besides, they contain more toxins and more carcinogen and mutagen factors. Peter Shields, professor at Ohio State University, explained how this happened.
“The filter ventilation holes change how the tobacco is burned, producing more carcinogens, which then also allow the smoke to reach the deeper parts of the lung where adenocarcinomas more frequently occur.”
Around 50 years ago, tobacco manufacturing companies decided to introduce these holes in the filters. They convinced smokers to buy such cigarettes, as they were meant to give them the illusion that these were healthier. However, the study proves them wrong.
Results showed a clear link between ventilation holes and higher rates of adenocarcinoma over the past 20 years. What is worrying is the fact that these holes are now added to almost all kinds of cigarettes. Therefore, researchers urge officials to take measures and ban these holes from cigarette filters.
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