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Filters and Light Tobacco Cigarettes
The first major step toward chemical free cigarettes was decreasing. Decrease in the amount of nicotine and tar a smoker inhales. While filters were instituted largely to enhance the pleasure of smoking, they do help reduce the amount of chemicals that reach the lungs. For primarily the same reason, smaller and milder tobacco products were marketed by traditional tobacco companies such as Marlboro and Camel and are known today as "lights" or "ultra lights." While light cigarettes do contain fewer dangerous chemicals, there are still enough to cause health problems in smokers. Many smokers claim that it takes longer to become addicted to light cigarettes, but this means nothing in the long-term. Unfortunately, it is the long term scenarios where tobacco products really take their toll. Though lights remain popular among smokers simply because they are less harsh, most scientists maintain that the small difference in composition between light and full-flavored cigarettes does not necessarily result in a safer smoking experience.
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