HEAVY METALS IN TOBACCO

Sonia AMARIEI, Cristina-Elena HRETCANU, Gheorghe GUTT, Alexandra AGACHI

Abstract

Heavy metals in cigarettes were determined considering that the number of smokers of both sexes  is  growing.  Besides  air,  water,  food  raw  materials,  foodstuff, dietary  supplements,  the  human body  can  accumulate  heavy  metals  from  tobacco. Tobacco  samples  from  Romanian  and  Ukrainian market  were  analyzed  using  inductively  coupled  plasma  mass  spectrometry  (ICPMS).  The  results showed  that  the  Romanian  samples have  lower  content  of  heavy  metal than  the  Ukrainian samples. Tolerable weekly intake of cadmium was over in the case of two samples for minimum and maximum consumption and in the case of three samples for maximum consumption.

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