DETERMINATION OF COPPER AND ZINC IN DIFFERENT BRANDS OF CIGARETTES IN JORDAN
Adnan Massadeh,a,* Feras Alali,a and Qasem Jaradatb
aDepartment of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jordan University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 3030, Irbid, Jordan,
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bChemistry department, Faculty of Science, Mutah University, Al-Karak, Jordan
Copper and Zinc were determined in cigarettes of freshly opened packs. Cu and Zn concentrations in different cigarette brands sold and/or produced in Jordan were determined by Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS). The accuracy and precision of the method were tested with standard reference materials BCR-CRM 280 (rye grass) and NIST-SRM 1570a (spinach leaf). Average levels of Cu and Zn in cigarettes analysed were 12.90 and 55.62 mg g–1 (DW), respectively. An average of 0.2% and 1.0% of Cu and Zn, respectively were estimated to pass to mainstream smoke. Our results are in good agreement with other studies in the worldwide.