Daily Doc: RJR, Jun 21, 1972: RJR on pesticides in mainstream smoke

Daily Doc: RJR on pesticides in mainstream smoke

Title: The Determination of Chlorinated Pesticides in Mainstream Smoke
RJR, Jun 21, 1972
Bates #: 500615633 -5638

April 17, 2000

When people smoke cigarettes, in addition to the chemical additives, worm larvae, polystyrene foam ("barn foam") and other contaminants, they are also smoking pesticides. In this confidential document, the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company quantifies the amount of chlorinated pesticides (including DDE and DDT) that get into mainstream cigarette smoke.

Title: The Determination of Chlorinated Pesticides in Mainstream Smoke
Type of Document: CONFIDENTIAL Scientific Research Report
Author Clapp WL, Shelar GR, Dobbins JT, Markunas PC (R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.)
Date: 19720621
Bates No. 500615633 -5638
Page Count: 6
Site: R.J. Reynolds Document site
URL: No URL. Go to the RJR site and enter as basic search criteria "pesticides and mainstream" (without the quotation marks). Alternatively, I am trying something new: attaching the document as a PDF file. Let me know if this works for you or not.


The purpose of this study was to determine the chlorinated pesticide residue levels in mainstream smoke.


Pesticide residues in tobaccos and in the mainstream smoke from two filter king cigarettes and one regular cigarette were determined. It was found that the rate of transfer of pesticides from tobacco into smoke averaged about 12%.

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