In what seems like something that’s already been done extensively, Japan’s Health Ministry has decided to analyze all the substances found in various brands of cigarettes. Here’s a small hint: they are not healthy. Sarcasm aside, the ministry actually wants to make sure its data on smoking’s negative health effects are all up to date in order to improve its countermeasures in the future. But in this day and age, is anyone still ignorant of the fact that smoking is not healthy for you?
A panel of experts will also be established under the Health, Labor, and Welfare Ministry in order to investigate and establish tighter regulations for cigarette manufacturers, as well as ways to fight the health hazards of second-hand smoking. While it’s widely known that cigarettes use ingredients for flavoring and addictive purposes, in addition to the tar and nicotine, the last study of ingredients was done in the year 2000 and focuses on 30 substances.
The new test will investigate every ingredient and determine the levels of carcinogenic materials found in cigarettes. The results of these new studies will then be provided to the panel, which will be made up of both medical experts and consumers, in order for them to make their decisions on regulations. Roughly 10 popular brands of cigarettes in Japan will be researched, which by current laws are only required to list the amounts of tar and nicotine on packages, not the complete ingredients.
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