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Cigarettes (Carbon Monoxide Levels)

Volume 897: debated on Monday 4 August 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will publish a list of the levels of carbon monoxide produced by different brands of cigarette, similar to the tar and nicotine table, as recommended in the British Medical Journal of recent date.

I am seeking the advice of the Independent Scientific Committee on Smoking and Health—the Hunter Committee—on this matter and will be consulting the tobacco industry. The laboratory of the Government Chemist has carried out trial tests to ascertain carbon monoxide yields on a small number of cigarettes and to develop methods for wider testing.