Will Cigarette Filters really Help?


A lot of smokers are having difficulty quitting smoking for many reasons.  Some of their reason is that it is really hard to remove it from their routine, it’s a relaxant for others and many different reasons.  So some people look for product that will lessen the effect of cigarette smoking, there are products that say they remove if not lessen the bad effect of cigarette smoking.  While others just rely on the cigarette filters, they say that its objective is to lessen the amount of tar, smoke and other fine particles inhaled during smoking of a cigarette.  They say that filters also lessen the severity of the smoke and prevent tobacco flakes out of the smoker’s mouth.

A Hungarian inventor named Boris Aivaz, copyrighted the process of making a cigarette filters from a crepe paper.  In 1927 Aivaz together with Bunzl’s filtronic subsidiary produced the first cigarette filter.

Generally speaking filters are specifically designed to suck up vapors and to collect small smoke particles.  Filters also keep tobacco from entering a smoker’s mouth and it gives smokers a mouthpiece that will not break as the cigarette is smoke.  These are some of the components of filters.

The Plug

Around 95% of cigarette filters are created from cellulose acetate or plastic, and to balance it they add papers and rayon.  The cellulose acetate tow fibers when filled together to produce filter it resembles a cotton, but individually they are thinner than sewing thread.  Different materials have been used but are then rejected because it cannot produce the same taste acetate produces.  Filters have different filtration effectiveness, it is subject to whether the cigarette is light or regular.

The inner paper wrapper or plug wrap and glue

For regular cigarettes the paper used to wrap acetate cellulose plug is unreceptive to air, while it is ventilated and very absorbent in light cigarettes, to allow a lot of air to be in the smoke mix.  Polyvinyl acetate emulsion is being used to attach the wrapper to the plug, and to join the wrapper.

The tipping paper or outer paper

Another component of cigarette filters is the tipping paper, they are commonly made to resemble a cork, it conceals the filter plug and joins the filter to the tobacco.  Typically tipping paper is made to not stick to the lips of smokers.

These filters cool the smoke, will keep the tobacco out of your mouth and will keep your finger from getting stained.  But whatever they say that it reduces the health risk is just being offset by some ingredients added to increase the flavour of the smoke.  Additional risk when using cigarette filters is getting particles from the filters into the lungs of the smokers that will cause scar and the chances of emphysema.

There are findings also that people who smoke with cigarette that has filters is more likely to inhale longer and harder. This will cause more contact to the dangerous chemicals in tobacco smoke.  If we look at this effect of using filters on cigarettes, it shows that filtered cigarettes are more dangerous than non-filtered cigarettes.  In other words, the best thing to do is just quit smoking, there is really no healthiest way to smoke.  Cigarette filters will not help you at all in reducing health risk by smoking.  Stop cigarette smoking is the more accurate answer if you want to reduce your health risk.