Additive-Free & Organic Products

Cigarette advertisers have promoted “natural” cigarettes in their advertisements for more than 100 years. In the 1950’s the term “natural” began to refer to a core element of brand identity for cigarette manufactures, and in the 1980’s, “additive-free became the commonly used term to define “natural” cigarettes. Additive-free can refer to tobacco claimed to be grown organically, or it can refer to tobacco products which claim to contain fewer added chemicals than their conventional counterparts. A common perception among tobacco users is that “additive-free” products are healthier, or that they are better for the environment. Studies found that these alternative products delivered nicotine, carbon monoxide, and (presumably) other toxic components of tobacco smoke in equal or greater amounts than conventional cigarettes. Toxicological and epidemiological reports showed that the some of alternative brands contained considerable quantities of carcinogenic compounds. In regard to the environmental aspect of these products, the production and consumption of all cigarettes are devastating to the environment. Cigarette butts are the single most littered item on US roadways and waterways, and they are toxic to humans and animals. The environmental consequences of tobacco use include deforestation, fires, and solid, liquid, and airborne waste produced by the manufacturing process and released into the environment.

“Alternative” Cigarettes are no safer than conventional brands
(BMJ, 2002)

“I always thought they were all pure tobacco”: American smokers’ perceptions of “natural” cigarettes and tobacco industry advertising strategies
(Tobacco Control, 2007)

Nicotine delivery from smoking bidis and an additive-free cigarette
(Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 2001)

The Impact of Tobacco on the Environment
(Legacy, 2010)