What are Light Cigarettes?

Light cigarettes are a tobacco product manufactured by cigarette makers that is sold as a safer cigarette. Light cigarettes and regular cigarettes differ not by tobacco each contains, which is identical, but by presence of the filters.

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As a rule, light cigarettes have filters that are covered in white paper. Regular cigarettes, on contrary, are covered in the tan or cork-patterned paper. But, the difference in color is not a key one. The distinction is in ventilation: the paper that covers light cigarette filters has many little holes. Under experimental conditions, these holes cause the proportion of air in each whiff on a light cigarette to be higher than that in a whiff on a regular cigarette. However, it is a difficulty to a smoker accustomed to regular cigarettes as small holes do not allow drawing required amount of smoke from a light cigarette.

More than 80 percent of the cigarettes sold in the United States are light cigarettes. They are as well called low-yield cigarettes. Most of people prefer them to regular cigarettes as they produce diluted smoke and it seems smoother, less dense and feels less irritating to the throat. Ultra light cigarette filter has even more holes than have those of light cigarettes. Ultra light cigarettes create even thinner smoke. Most regular cigarette brands have light cigarette counterparts, while some cigarette brands exist only in a light or ultra light version.

It is considered that people choose light cigarettes as think they are less harmful than regular cigarettes. The smoke of light cigarettes is diluted and that is why it derives lower amounts of tar, nicotine and other substances. The level of tar in lab tests of ultra light cigarettes varies from 1-6 mg; light cigarettes can have from 6-15 mg of tar; more than 15 mg of tar qualifies a cigarette as regular. But, because of the way people actually smoke, the lower numbers of lights and ultra lights may not be realized in practice. Fingers and lips may stop the holes left free by the smoking machine used in the tests so that the proportion of air to smoke is not as high as it would be under good conditions. More notably, smoking people will do so until their craving for nicotine is fulfilled, that is why they smoke more light cigarettes to compensate. There are no evident health benefits in smoking light rather than full-flavored cigarettes. That is why, Canada and the countries of the European Union have prohibited tobacco companies from labeling their products as light.

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