Thursday, July 7, 2011

New technique identifies arsenic species

“Now for the first time, we are able to identify the exact chemical form of a number of arsenic species found in tobacco and smoke.

“This should allow us a greater understanding of their possible role in smoking-related diseases and potentially help us identify routes for their removal from tobacco and smoke.”

This is quite obviously a good thing. This is why it's so important to have actual tobacco scientists working on such projects...You know...people who actually know a thing or two about tobacco.

..and speaking of arsenic, this caught my attention:

The BAT press note said that heavy metals, such as arsenic, were thought to be absorbed naturally by tobacco plants from soil and atmospheric sources and to transfer to some degree into cigarette smoke.

This would seem to imply that ALL plants are affected by the soil and atmospheric conditions around them. Does this mean that we are also getting a steady supply of arsenic from our food supply as well? If so, then why is it that no one makes a stink about all of the chemicals and heavy metals in our food supply, and why is no doing anything about it? Ah, but there is a least one tobacco company doing (or at least trying) to do something about it. Maybe our food supply will someday become safer as a result of their work in (ironically) seeking out a safer cigarette. I'm sure that they won't get any credit for it though.

Tobacco Reporter Magazine - News

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