Minerva: August 2000
Low tar cigarettes may entice health conscious smokers (if that's not an oxymoron), but it is doubtful whether they offer any health benefits over their regular counterparts. A review in the Lancet (2000;355:2159-61) points out that the tests that measure tar and nicotine are extremely sensitive to variations from the standard method: a machine taking a 2 second drag every 60 seconds to capture 35 ml of smoke. Cigarettes found to be low tar using this test can yield seven times more nicotine when smoked with 50 ml puffs every 30 seconds.
Actually supplying condoms is a more effective way of ensuring they are used than is providing promotional information, according to the results of a randomised trial in Nicaragua. Housing shortages there mean that both commercial and non-commercial sex often takes place in low cost “moteles,” which are supposed to provide free condoms, though the law is honoured more