French tobacco companies ‘hiding real levels of nicotine and tar in cigarettes’
Four tobacco companies in France have been accused of "deliberately endangering people's lives" by cheating tests in order to hide the real levels of nicotine and tar in their cigarettes, in a case that echos the "Dieselgate" scandal that engulfed Volkswagen.
Published: 9 February 2018 15:38 CET
France's National Committee Against Smoking (CNCT) has lodged a complaint against the French subsidiaries of four tobacco companies, saying that the amount of nicotine and tar contained in their cigarettes is in reality much higher than tests are showing.
According to the anti-smoking organisation the products made by these companies include tar levels between two and 10 times higher than recorded by the machines and fives times higher levels of nicotine.
They have accused the companies of coming up with an inventive way of deliberately hiding the amount of toxic ingredients their cigarettes contain.
“They have created a device in cigarettes that can deceive the machines that are supposed to control the amounts of tar and nicotine,” Pierre Kopp, a member of the CNCT told Europe 1.