The misuse of 'less-hazardous' cigarettes and its detection: hole-blocking of ventilated filters

Am J Public Health. 1980 Nov;70(11):1202-3. doi: 10.2105/ajph.70.11.1202.


Smokers of low-yield, ventilated-filter cigarettes sometimes defeat the purpose of the smoke-dilution holes by occluding them with fingers, lips, or tape. Blocking the holes is shown to have large effects on the delivery by these cigarettes of toxic products (nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide). Techniques for detecting this misuse of "less hazardous" cigarettes are discussed, with particular emphasis on the distinctive signs of hole-blocking which are left in the spent filters.

MeSH terms

  • Carbon Monoxide / analysis
  • Humans
  • Nicotine / analysis
  • Smoke / analysis*
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Tars / analysis


  • Smoke
  • Tars
  • Nicotine
  • Carbon Monoxide