Beijing: Thirteen cigarette brandsmanufactured in China contain an excessive amount of heavymetals, up to three times the amount in Canadian-producedbrands, a research report said. The report by a Canadian Research Group comparedChinese-produced cigarettes with those made in other countriesand found excessive levels of lead, arsenic and cadmium,without specifying the brands, China`s official People`s Dailyreported.
The report was released at the 9th Asia PacificConference on Tobacco or Health in Sydney. Researchers tested 76 China-produced cigarettebrands, compared them with those made in other countries andfound excessive levels of lead, arsenic and cadmium in somebrands, without specifying the names, a report in ShanghaiDaily said. Jin Zhongli, deputy director of the State TobaccoMonopoly Bureau`s science and technology department, saidChina has no regulations on the limit of heavy metal levelscontained in one cigarette. Restrictions are only imposed on raw materials, suchas cigarette papers. PTI
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