Roll-ups ‘as hazardous as factory made cigarettes’

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Roll-ups ‘as hazardous as factory made cigarettes’

“Rollies vs Straights: Roll-your-own ‘at least as hazardous as any other type of cigarette’,” reports The Independent.

“Roll-ups” (cigarettes made using rolling tobacco and paper), have been associated with poverty – they have been seen as a tobacco product for people who couldn’t afford tailor-made cigarettes. In recent decades the popularity of rolling tobacco has increased – probably due to its price – rolling tobacco is considerably cheaper than a pack of cigarettes.

In an opinion piece in the BMJ, Professor Edwards, professor of public health in New Zealand, highlights a series of misconceptions and dangers associated with roll your own (RYO) cigarettes.

He reports that there is a misperception amongst people who smoke roll-ups that it is more natural, but this is not the case. If anything, RYO products could actually be more harmful than factory-made cigarettes.

Many RYO products contain more additives than are found in cigarettes and an animal study has shown that the additives can increase the addiction.

He calls for increased measures to make RYO less accessible.

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