Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, June 29th, 2003
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compared the levels of the carcinogen nitrosamine in Marlboros, chosen because of their wide availability, and local brands in 13 other countries. In 11 of the countries, the local brands had much lower levels than Marlboro.
CDC officials said the higher nitrosamine levels in American-made cigarettes are a result of way the tobacco is cured and blended.
"What this said to us is it is possible for the manufacturer to lower the levels of...
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