Polonium-210 Content of Mainstream Cigarette Smoke

  title={Polonium-210 Content of Mainstream Cigarette Smoke},
  author={Thomas F Kelley},
  pages={537 - 538}
  • T. Kelley
  • Published 30 July 1965
  • Medicine
  • Science
When eleven brands of cigarettes were smoked in a standardized manner, differences in the polonium-210 content of various brands were found. The differences were not directly related to the presence of a filter or to the construction of the filter, but were related to the amount of particulate matter in the mainstream smoke. 
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