The slurry sampling technique has been applied for the determination of arsenic, cadmium and lead in sidestream cigarette smoke condensate (SS CSC) by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The smoke collection system consists of a "fishtail" chimney in conjunction with an impaction trap and a mixed cellulose ester (MCE) backup filter for the SS CSC collection. The smoke condensates, collected at three different regions of the system (i.e. the inner wall of the chimney, the impaction trap and the MCE filter), were individually prepared and analyzed and showed that about 70 and 20% of Cd and Pb, respectively, were trapped by the impaction trap and the MCE filter with less than 5% trapped by the chimney. In contrast, about 60% of As was trapped by the impactor and a relatively high percentage of As, about 30%, was deposited onto the inner wall of the chimney. The uneven distribution of trace metals at each collection stage strongly suggested that the composition of smoke aerosol and the associated physical form of the analytes may be different. The yields of As, Cd and Pb for the sidestream cigarette smoke of the 1R4F reference cigarette were 29.5 +/- 2.4, 421 +/- 6.6 and 46.4 +/- 0.9 ng cigarette(-1)(n= 3) respectively, when the cigarette was smoked according to the smoking regime: 45 mL puff volume of 2-s puff duration at an interval of 30 s with 50% ventilation holes covered. The analytical results for the slurry sampling technique were also compared with other sample preparation techniques and show good agreement.