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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2012, Article ID 451471, 5 pages
Research Article

The Fate of Maleic Hydrazide on Tobacco during Smoking

Chemical Analysis Laboratory, China National Tobacco Quality Supervision & Test Center, Zhengzhou 450001, China

Received 2 August 2012; Accepted 20 September 2012

Academic Editors: D. Bose, F. Aubriet, A. Berthod, and H. Filik

Copyright © 2012 Hongfei Zhang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Tobacco mainstream smoke (MSS) and sidestream smoke (SSS), butts, and ashes from commercial cigarettes and maleic hydrazide (MH) spiked cigarettes were analyzed for their MH contents. The MH transfer rates obtained for MSS ranged from 1.4% to 3.7%, for SSS ranged from 0.2% to 0.9%, and for butts ranged from 1.1% to 1.9%. And as expected, MH is absent in ashes. The transfer rate of MH into mainstream smoke is the top one during in transfer rate into main-stream, side-stream, ashes, and butts, and higher MH levels lead to more MH in smoke. Further, analysis of total MH in butts and ashes along with that in MSS and SSS indicates that much MH is destructed during the smoking process.