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Tobacco

HARMUT SCHWARZBACH / STILL PICTURES

The tobacco industry has been accused of using covert methods to maintain addictiveness to cigarettes – such as the use of high-nicotine tobacco, additives like ammonia to increase the ‘hit’ and flavours such as cocoa to make cigarettes easier to inhale and increase its appeal amongst children. The British and American Medical Associations have urged their governments to act immediately to make cigarettes less addictive. They say that ‘millions of lives could be saved’ if tobacco makers were forced to reduce nicotine to zero or negligible levels within the next five to ten years.

*_The Independent_ No 3744*