Tobacco: Tar, Nicotine & Butts

For two months, a Federal Trade Commission smoking machine has been puffing manfully on 59 different types and sizes of cigarettes representing 23 different brand names. Results of the tests last week produced the first Government-established levels of cigarette tar and nicotine content.

Of the 59 varieties, 70-mm. Marvel filters came out with least tar (3.9 milligrams in each cigarette) and nicotine (0.12 mg.), while non-filtered, 85-mm. Chesterfields ranked tops in tar (28.6 mg.) and 13th highest in nicotine (1.54 mg.). The ten bestselling cigarettes showed the following yields, in increasing order...

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