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Commercial Laser Beam Perforation Of Cigarette Tipping Paper Using An Acoustic-Optic Beam Deflector
Author(s): H. Reid; I. Ramsay; D. Dyson; I. Ross
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Paper Abstract

The tobacco industry has required a means of reducing tar content of inhaled smoke from cigarettes for some time now. One effective way of achieving this is to perforate the tipping paper (cork or plain) which wraps the cigaratte filter plug. Air is drawn into and mixed with the smoke as the smoker inhales resulting in two effects on the smoke. The first is that it is diluted and the second is that the air-smoke mixture is cooled. The dilution of the smoke probably has little significant effect since the total smoke inhaled per cigarette is always the same. The cooling of the smoke, however, causes the tar present to condense more readily on the filter plug and so represents a genuine reduction in tar content. In the light of increasing health consciousness both from popular movement or deliberate Government propaganda the importance of this method of tar reduction is well recognised in the industry.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 November 1984
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 0498, Laser Scanning and Recording, (27 November 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.944533
Show Author Affiliations
H. Reid, Laser Products Group (Scotland)
I. Ramsay, Laser Products Group (Scotland)
D. Dyson, Laser Products Group (Scotland)
I. Ross, Laser Products Group (Scotland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0498:
Laser Scanning and Recording
Leo Beiser, Editor(s)

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