Cigarettes are widely contaminated with bacteria, according to a global research group. They carried out the first ever microbiological diagnostics of the most popular commercially available cigarettes.
They found that almost all studied cigarettes contained bacteria of 15 different classes, including the ones representing a potential danger to humans. Bacteria belonging to such classes as Acinetobacter, Bacillus, Burkholderia, Clostridium, Klebsiella, Pseudomonas and Serratia were most frequently detected. These bacteria can be infectious in humans. More than 90 percent of samples were contaminated, surprised scientists say. They think bacteria make their way to cigarettes during the production process and encourage increased hygiene control in the tobacco industry.
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