Product modification on tobacco products like cigarettes has long been a coherent program in many countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that modification and emission of some tobacco ingredients, such that of UK, is a good way to diminish the dangerous effects of SHS exposure to non-smokers.
The government’s supposition on changing the ingredients of tobacco will eventually pave the way for the introduction of low tar brands of cigarette. According to WHO, this is a good way of reducing the risk of tobacco exposure
. However, a study from the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit suggests that this can also result in both positive and negative impacts given the fact that tobacco industries will always find a way to make their products sell.
The following are the positive impacts of tobacco product modification to smokers and non-smokers:
- Reducing additives in tobacco may change the social norm, attitudes, and beliefs towards tobacco products
- Lighter ingredients in smoke may reduce toxins making them less dangerous to the people
- Less tasting tobacco smoke may reduce product appeal to people, which will eventually cause smokers to quit smoking
The following are the negative impacts of tobacco product modification to smokers and non-smokers:
- Changes in the flavor, such as adding menthol effect may cause more people to become addicted
- Lighter cigarettes may cause smokers to crave for more to achieve satisfaction
The study also shows that tobacco industries may add alternatives to replace some additives in tobacco products to retain its appeal. The process is yet unknown, but studies suggest that this may also cause several changes to the trend of smokers and nonsmokers. According to research, product changes or low product toxicity profile may potentially cause the same harm to people given the fact that tobacco industries are able to substitute ingredients without the revelation of the process. Despite that there are different levels of toxicity of tobacco products sold nowadays; several studies still emphasize their dangerous effects on health. Many researchers also focus on digging up the underlying effects of these changes to mankind.