Illegal nicotine limits

The Portuguese could be smoking cigarettes with higher levels of nicotine than is allowed by law. This is because there is a lack of checks and controls on tobacco imported into the country. According to a Harvard University investigation, various specialists said that controls are simply not tough enough or sufficient in Portugal to guarantee that smokers know exactly what chemicals they are consuming. See related story: Nine brands withdrawn from tobacco market, in the January 26 edition of The Resident.

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