Comparative study of the main characteristics and composition of the mainstream smoke of ten cigarette brands sold in Spain

Food Chem Toxicol. 2012 May;50(5):1317-33. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2012.01.046. Epub 2012 Feb 7.


In this study 10 commercial top selling cigarette brands in Spain have been machine smoked and the mainstream smoke has been analyzed. Multifunctional analysis has been satisfactorily employed to correlate the effect of the main design features of the cigarettes including amount of tobacco, filter size or paper weight with the amount of smoked tobacco and with the ratio CO(2)/CO. The composition of the vapor phase and that of the particulate matter have been analyzed. The particulate matter retained in the filter of the cigarettes has also been analyzed showing a distinct behavior of the compounds condensed in the cigarette filters and in the traps, related to their retention time. A general trend for the relative yield of some compounds in the different brands have been identified and confirmed by multifunctional analysis. Nevertheless, there are some noticeable compounds that behave differently in the different brands.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
  • Nicotiana / chemistry*
  • Smoke / analysis*
  • Spain


  • Smoke