Dangers of flavored tobacco products in Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines exposed Research investigation of flavored tobacco products sold in Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines assessed the presence, levels, and mix of 180 individual flavor chemicals in available tobacco products—most are banned as dangerous in other countries but can be manipulated by manufacturers in these Asian countries to maximize potential consumer appeal. Results are provided in two recent studies:

Cohen JE, Amalia B, Luo W, et al. Eugenol, menthol and other flavour chemicals in kreteks and ‘white’ cigarettes purchased in Indonesia. Tobacco Control. Published Online First: 24 April 2023. DOI: 10.1136/tc-2022-057827.

Cohen JE, Czaplicki L, Crespi E, et al. Menthol and other flavor chemicals in cigarettes from Vietnam and the Philippines. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2023; XX:1–8. DOI: 10.1093/ntr/ntad146.

Stephen Hamann

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