Filtered cigarettes do not keep you from getting sick.

Most people mistakenly believe that smoking a filtered cigarette is safer than smoking an nonfiltered cigarette. This is false.

Health studies show that smoking filtered cigarettes does not keep you from getting sick. Filters do not protect you from bad chemicals and, in some ways, they may be more dangerous than nonfiltered cigarettes.

Why don't filters work?
Filters donít block all the bad chemicals in smoke.
Filtered smoke feels milder on the throat, making it easier to take bigger and deeper puffs.

Filters help block only the biggest tar particles while letting through the smaller bits of tar that can travel deeper into your lungs

Filters are defective - and the companies know it.
You may be inhaling filter fibers into your lungs.

  • Most cigarette filters are made of the same material as camera film (cellulose acetate).
  • Each individual filter is made of thousands of tiny fibers.
  • The inside of the filter is painted white to make it appear clean.
  • During smoking, these fibers can come off into your mouth and be inhaled into your lungs.
  • Charcoal filters are no better.

What cigarette manufacturers will not tell you:
Tobacco industry documents show that they have known about filter fiber fallout since at least the 1950s.

Carbon particles were released from all cigarettes tested. In some studies, the particles released from cigarette filters were described as "...too numerous to count"
Memo to Judy Nash from Nancy R. Ryan. Febuary 18, 1982. "Filter particle fallout." Bates No. 1000805035

"He said when [a filter] plug is cut ...there always remains a few loose, hard particles of filament. These loose hard pieces of material are then sucked down into the lungs of the smoker."
Memo to Mr. O.P. McComas from Anne C. Stubing. May 1, 1957. (no title). Bates No. 2040015018-2040015020


Close up of a filter with fibers dangling
off a filter tip

Tar-coated filter stuck in lung tissue

Don't be fooled The filter on
your cigarette may be
causing you more harm
than good.