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Multi-year Study of PAHs in Mainstream Cigarette Smoke

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Objectives: Correlations are made between mainstream cigarette smoke deliveries of individual PAHs over multiple years. Average overall PAH deliveries in mainstream cigarette smoke by study year, mentholation, ring size, and manufacturer are compared. Methods: Mainstream smoke deliveries were determined by GC/MS for 14 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from selected cigarettes on the US market in 2002, 2004, 2007, and 2011. The mainstream smoke PAH emissions were measured under international standardization organization (ISO) smoking conditions. Pearson product-moment correlation was used to examine the linear relationship among the PAHs over multiple years. Results: A number of the PAH analytes were statistically highly correlated with each other. The overall average for mainstream smoke deliveries of PAHs did not change significantly between study years. Similar levels in average PAH deliveries were seen for mentholated and non-mentholated cigarettes. Conclusions: The strong correlations between PAH compounds over multiple years show that a limited set of PAHs can predict deliveries of others with confidence over multiple years. A more limited panel of analytes may be considered when designing studies involving PAH measurements in mainstream smoke.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 May 2018

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  • Tobacco Regulatory Science (Electronic ISSN 2333-9748) is a rigorously peer-reviewed online scientific journal for the dissemination of research relevant to the regulation of tobacco products. The journal content includes a broad array of research domains, including chemistry, biology, behavior, community, and population-level surveillance and epidemiology, as well as knowledge syntheses (eg, meta-analyses or state-of-the-art reviews) and analytic modeling. All articles describe the policy relevance of the research outcomes. Given the global nature of tobacco regulation, particularly as a result of international and national policies, Tobacco Regulatory Science publishes high quality research that is relevant to global regulatory needs and requirements. Tobacco Regulatory Science is published electronically 6 times per year.
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