It is common knowledge that smoking is really unhealthy, however, if you are a passionate smoker and find it uneasy to stop, you should at least know what are the worst cigarettes to smoke for your health.
Today there are so many different kinds of cigarettes that if you start smoking, you will find it difficult to choose the best brand, flavor or type. It is well known that they are scientifically proven unhealthy and that they increase the possibility of many diseases, primarily lung cancer. In addition, their advertising has decreased compared to previous years, as well as the sales rate, according to Federal Trade Commission Cigarettes Report from 2013. However, even though the public is well introduced with anti-smoking campaigns and movements, there is still a big number of smokers all over the world.
With that big number of smokers, there is also a big number of cigarettes brands. They differ in diverse ingredients and their percentages, filters and sizes. It is in fact not the tobacco that kills us, but every other substance that just increases the enjoyment while smoking. With those additives, brands created menthol, slim, filter, no-filter cigarettes, among many others. The question is, does it make a difference for our health which type of cigarettes we smoke?
According to Public Health Law Center, besides regular ones, the most popular flavor of cigarettes is menthol. In 2009 Congress banned the sale of all flavored cigarettes except menthol, and directed the issue to U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In 2011, the committee reported that “removal of menthol cigarettes from the marketplace would benefit public health in the United States”. Moreover, cigarettes with the lowest level of nicotine or so-called ‘light’, make you inhale deeper and more frequently so that you compensate for the low levels of nicotine, which, ironically, could be worse for your lungs, some experts say.
Through our research we consulted many sources such as American Lung Association and Public Health Law Center, to name few. We found that none of them indicates which are the worst or the best cigarettes to smoke. In order to find out more, we used the 2006 and 2007 Tar, Nicotine and Carbon Monoxide Report released under the Freedom of Information Act in 2012. We created our list by ranking the cigarettes brands with the biggest percentage of tar and nicotine use, as they are the most well-known cancer-causing substances. As the menthol cigarettes are separated in the report from the regular ones, we additionally compared those two as well. However, as some brands have the same percentages, we chose more popular ones according to statistics of Center for Disease Control and Prevention. For reference’s sake nicotine is shown in milligrams per cigarette, while tar represents total particulate matter in milligrams per cigarette less nicotine and water. So here goes the list of 10 worst cigarettes to smoke for your health, and if you are interested in the opposite, check out 5 Healthiest Cigarettes with the Least Chemicals! Let’s begin!
Besides nicotine and tar, a package of filtered Maverick cigarettes has 18 milligrams of carbon monoxide. Its original brand was Harley Davidson and it is owned by ITG Brands LLC. They are made in USA and Austria.
9. Newport (menthol)
Newport comprises around 35% of menthol cigarettes sales in U.S. It was introduced to the public in 1957, and it is one of the largest selling brands in African-American market. This hard pack consists of 18 mg of carbon monoxide.
8. Lucky Strike
During the 1930s this brand was the most popular one in America. It is owned by the British American Tobacco groups, and it has always been considered as one of the strongest cigarettes. The amount of carbon monoxide of filtered and full flavor hard package is 12 mg.
7. USA Gold
USA Gold cigarettes, that rank 7th on our list of worst cigarettes to smoke for your health with 15 mg of carbon monoxide is one of the worst brands for your smoking habits. Among many versions, such as light, menthol, and full flavor, the unhealthiest choice is the one with no filter.
Among the oldest brands is definitely Camel, the number 6 on our list of worst cigarettes to smoke for your health with its show up in 1913. Without a filter, in a hard package and with 13 mg of carbon monoxide, it is one of the unhealthiest types of this brand. Camel is owned by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco.
5. Natural (menthol)
One of the worst menthol cigarettes to smoke for your health is Natural, with filter, hard package and 17.4 mg of carbon monoxide. There are many misleading believes about this brand, as its users think it is more healthier because they don’t put many additives. However, it is on our list because of its percentage of tar and nicotine, which are among the highest ones.
We are continuing our list of worst cigarettes to smoke for your health with Pyramid that is considered as one of the cheapest cigarettes brands in the U.S. It has 19 mg of carbon monoxide, and its worst type is soft package and with no filter.
3. Pall Mall
From 2012, Pall Mall is R.J. Reynolds’ highest selling brand. Among many packages, the worst for one smoker’s health is soft pack with no filter and 15 mg of carbon monoxide.
2. Old Gold
No filter, with 17 mg of carbon monoxide and soft package, these cigarettes are highly ranked on our list with a reason. Its percentage of tar is huge! Old Gold is sharing the same marketing company with Newport and Maverick called Lorillard Tobacco Company.
1. Natural (regular)
Finally, in the first place on our list of the worst cigarettes to smoke for your health is Natural, but this time not flavored, but regular one with 16.2 mg of carbon monoxide. In addition, the worst type is with no filter and sold in soft packages.