The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Increased nicotine content in cigarettes

    The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports that, regardless of brand, the amount of nicotine that is actually delivered to the smoker’s lungs has increased significantly over the past 6 years.

    Here are the high (low) points of the report.

    • Overall, nicotine yields increased 10% from 1998 to 2004
    • As of 2004, 93% of cigarette brands were rated high nicotine
    • Marlboro, Newport, and Camel, the 3 most popular brands among young smokers, all delivered significantly more nicotine
    • Kool, a popular menthol brand, increased 20% — more than two-thirds of African American smokers use menthol brands

    The data were collected from reports submitted by all tobacco companies that sell cigarettes in Massachusetts, which is one of only three states in the country to require tobacco companies to submit this information annually.

    9/1/06 21:21 JR

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