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Western Australian smokers strongly support regulations on the use of chemicals and additives in cigarettes
  1. Narelle J Heydon1,
  2. Kelly S Kennington1,
  3. Geoffrey Jalleh2,
  4. Chad Lin2
  1. 1Cancer Council Western Australia, Perth, Australia
  2. 2Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer Control, Curtin University, Perth, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Narelle Heydon, Cancer Council Western Australia, 15 Bedbrook Place, Shenton Park 6008, Western Australia; nheydon{at}cancerwa.asn.au

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In Australia, almost any ingredient is permitted in tobacco products,1 which is a situation aptly described by Dr Nigel Gray as ‘regulatory anarchy’.2

When smokers are informed that ingredients such as cocoa, coffee, peppermint, sugars and other sweeteners are added to most manufactured cigarettes3 and not just ‘niche’ flavoured varieties, many express amusement and surprise, or become shocked and angered.4 Most smokers have little or no notion that these seemingly harmless ingredients can play a deadly role by maximising addiction, increasing the palatability of cigarettes, reducing the smell of secondhand smoke and making it harder for smokers …

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