Heavy metal concentrations of cigarettes in Turkey


Barlas H., Ubay G., Soyhan B., Bayat C.

FRESENIUS ENVIRONMENTAL BULLETIN, vol.10, no.1, pp.80-83, 2001 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Journal Name: FRESENIUS ENVIRONMENTAL BULLETIN
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
  • Page Numbers: pp.80-83
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: No

Abstract

The concentration of heavy metals in most popular brands of cigarettes sold in Turkey was determined. Homogenised samples of tobacco were digested in HNO3-HClO3 mixture and after evaporation by up to 300 degreesC the residue was extracted with HNO3 and analysed with ICP-MS. The minimum, average and maximum concentrations of heavy metals (mug/g), were determined for 9 different brands of cigarettes and the values were as follows: Cd 0.49 - 1.70 - 2.62; Cr 1.34 - 1.63 - 2.22; Co 0.12 - 0.22 - 0.71; Ni 0.06 - 0.22 - 0.35; Cu 1.16 - 2.45 - 6.4; As 0.63 - 0.92 - 0.95; Hg 0.20 - 0.25 - 0.28; Pb 0.32 - 1.02 - 2.3.