Steven Stellman - Ignoring puff counts: another shortcoming of the Federal Trade Commission cigarette testing programme

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      Kozlowski, L. T., Whetzel, C. A., Stellman, S. D., O'Connor, R.   J. 17 Suppl 1 i6-9-

      Abstract: OBJECTIVES: To examine reasons behind   the failure of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to preserve   puff count information from standard cigarette testing and to   elucidate the importance of puff count to overall tar yields.   METHODS: We reviewed industry documents on origins of the FTC   test and datasets provided by the Tobacco Institute Testing   Laboratory to the tobacco industry and FTC for reporting   purposes. RESULTS: The majority of the tobacco industry argued   for "dual reporting" of tar yields-both per cigarette and per   puff. Despite a request from the Tobacco Institute in 1967 that   puff count information be preserved, documents and recent   communications with the FTC indicate that puff number data have   not been maintained by the government. In contrast, for the   cigarette industry, puff count data are a fundamental and routine   part of testing and important to cigarette design. A sample of   puff counts for cigarettes tested in 1996 (n = 471) shows that on   average 100 mm cigarettes have 18% more puffs taken on them than   do 85 mm cigarettes in standard tests (7.66 vs 9.03; p<0.01).   The 10th percentile puff count is 6.8 and the 90th percentile is   8.8 for king size; the 10th percentile puff count is 8.2 and the   90th percentile is 10.0 for 100 mm cigarettes, indicating that   puff counts can vary substantially among brands. CONCLUSIONS: The   FTC has failed to seek or preserve puff count information that   the industry finds important. Any standard test of tar and   nicotine yields should at minimum preserve puff count   information.

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