The Filter as Fraud
- No filter, with or without asbestos, confers any health benefit or makes smoking safer. In fact, the filter requires that the smoker suck harder, thus increasing exposure to poison gases like carbon monoxide, cyanide, and ammonia, and elevating the risk of emphysema and heart disease. Yet, today, nearly all cigarettes are filtered brands.
- From 1952 to 1957 the Lorillard Company manufactured the original Micronite filter for its Kent brand cigarettes. The filter was comprised of 15% to 25% Crocidolite asbestos, which is today regulated by the U.S. government as asbestos. Inhalation of Crocidolite is known to cause lung disease, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Thus, while the Kent Micronite filter was originally created to provide health benefits, it actually had serious negative, even deadly, consequences. In 1957, Lorillard redesigned the filter and abandoned the asbestos filter for a filter made of cellulose acetate fibers.