Yields of tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide in the sidestream smoke from 15 brands of Canadian cigarettes

Am J Public Health. 1984 Mar;74(3):228-31. doi: 10.2105/ajph.74.3.228.


Sidestream smoke yields for 15 brands of cigarettes were determined under conditions where mainstream yields were approximately equal to those used for determining the values which appear on packages of Canadian cigarettes. Sidestream yields of tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide were much higher than mainstream yields for all brands tested. The average sidestream-to-mainstream ratios for the 15 brands were 3.5, 6.6, and 6.8 for tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide, respectively. The highest yields of sidestream were obtained from the brands with the lowest mainstream yields.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Carbon Monoxide / analysis*
  • Equipment and Supplies
  • Nicotine / analysis*
  • Plants, Toxic
  • Smoke / analysis*
  • Tars / analysis*
  • Tobacco


  • Smoke
  • Tars
  • Nicotine
  • Carbon Monoxide