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Will CIgarette filters really help?

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Second Hand Smoking Facts

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 products that will lessen the effect of cigarette smoking, and there are products that say they remove if not lessen the bad effect of cigarette smoking.  While others just rely on 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 filter from 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 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 smoked.  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 paper and rayon.  The cellulose acetate two fibers when filled together to produce a filter it resembles cotton, but individually they are thinner than sewing thread.  Different materials have been used but are then rejected because they 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 the acetate cellulose plug is unreceptive to air, while it is ventilated and very absorbent in light cigarettes, allowing 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 flavor of the smoke.  An additional risk when using cigarette filters is getting particles from the filters into the lungs of the smokers which will cause scars and the chances of emphysema.

There are findings also that people who smoke a cigarette that has filters are more likely to inhale longer and harder. This will cause more contact with the dangerous chemicals in tobacco smoke.  If we look at the 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 the health risk of smoking.  Stop cigarette smoking is the more accurate answer if you want to reduce your health risk.

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