A cigarette filter is the short section at the end of most manufactured cigarettes that the smoker inhales cigarette smoke through. The purpose of the filter is to absorb some of the toxins in cigarette smoke and collect solid particles known as tar. Cigarette filters are also intended to keep tobacco from entering the smoker’s mouth.
Cigarette Filter Facts:
- Most cigarette filters contain a core of cellulose acetate and two layers of wrapping that are made of paper and/or rayon.
- Cellulose acetate fibers in a Cigarette filter are thinner than sewing thread and a single filter contains more than 12,000 of these fibers.
- The inner wrapper on a cigarette filter is designed to either allow air to flow through it from the core for light cigarettes, or to block airflow for regular cigarettes.
- The outer layer of paper is engineered to not stick to a smoker’s lips and attaches the filter to the tube of tobacco.
Before the 1950s, there was no such thing as a filter-tipped cigarette — or at least nobody smoked it. People smoked unfiltered cigarettes. At that time, there was a growing perception that cigarettes might be harmful, but there was no proof. Cigarette companies spent a lot of advertising money trying to convince everyone that cigarettes were okay.
That all changed in the 1950s with the release of the first medical studies that conclusively linked smoking and lung cancer. One response to these medical studies was the mass-marketing of the filter-tip cigarette. The idea behind the filter was to screen out tar and nicotine to make the cigarette “safer.” By the 1960s, filter cigarettes dominated the market.
You can see this effect continuing even today. The brands of cigarettes that are “ultra low tar and nicotine” use a technique that involves tiny, invisible perforations in the filter. As smoke flows through the filter, quite a bit of air flows through the perforations and mixes in with the smoke. With each drag, the smoker receives a lot of air and much less smoke, and therefore less tar and nicotine.
Smokefree India filters are available at Centerstage mall in Noida & 24/7 outlets throughout India.