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Waterpipe tobacco products: nicotine labelling versus nicotine delivery

Andrea R Vansickel, Alan Shihadeh and Thomas Eissenberg
Tobacco Control
Vol. 21, No. 3 (May 2012), pp. 377-379
Published by: BMJ
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41516461
Page Count: 3
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Waterpipe tobacco products: nicotine labelling versus nicotine delivery
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Abstract

Background Waterpipe tobacco package labelling typically indicates "0.0% tar" and "0.05% or 0.5% nicotine". Objective To determine the extent to which nicotine labeling is related to nicotine delivery. Methods 110 waterpipe smokers engaged in a 45-minute waterpipe smoking session. Puff topography and plasma nicotine were measured. Three waterpipe tobacco brands were used: Nakhla (0.5% nicotine), Starbuzz (0.05% nicotine), and AI Fakher (0.05% nicotine). Data were analyzed by one-way ANOVA. Results Topography did not differ across brands. Peak plasma nicotine varied significantly across brands. AI Fakher had the highest nicotine delivery (11.4 ng/ml) followed by Nakhla (9.8 ng/ml) and Starbuzz (5.8 ng/ml). Conclusions Nicotine labelling on waterpipe tobacco products does not reflect delivery; smoking a brand with a "0.05% nicotine" label led to greater plasma nicotine levels than smoking a brand with a "0.5% nicotine" label. Waterpipe tobacco products should be labelled in a manner that does not mislead consumers.

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