2001 industry statement on emissions data

The three tobacco manufacturers agreed to undertake cigarette emissions testing of selected Australian cigarette brand variants on a one-off basis and to supply the results to the department within the spirit of the voluntary agreement for the disclosure of ingredients of cigarettes.

Page last updated: 26 March 2008

Industry statement

British American Tobacco Australia Limited, Philip Morris Limited and Imperial Tobacco Australia Limited have provided the following information in relation to the data hereunder (see Australian cigarette emissions data) on cigarette smoke emissions.

The data was obtained from tests conducted by Labstat International Inc. an organisation recognised as an accredited testing laboratory by Standards Council of Canada, and complies with the requirements of International Organization for Standardization/IEC Guide 25.

The category 'Standard ISO' refers to tests conducted in accordance with the smoking machine method specified in ISO 3308:1991. A similar method is used in determining the average tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide yields per cigarette; those yields are printed on cigarette packs.

As is indicated in the notes to the data, the category 'Intensive' refers to tests conducted using increased puff volumes, decreasing intervals between puffs, and blocking all ventilation holes (which are used in some low yield brands to reduce tar and nicotine).

Neither method of testing is designed to nor can it accurately represent the yields that any particular smoker may receive. The amount of smoke inhaled by a smoker from each cigarette will depend both on the brand and smoker's smoking behaviour. A smoker taking larger and more puffs more frequently will increase the amounts of tar, nicotine, carbon monoxide and other smoke constituents from the cigarettes. Blocking ventilation holes with tape can result, and blocking some holes with fingers or mouth may result, in smokers receiving higher yields of tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide and other smoke constituents from lower tar cigarettes that have ventilation holes.

Page last reviewed: 18 April 2011