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Filtered cigarettes are as dangerous as those without filters and should be banned, Belgium’s environment minister told TobaccoIntelligence, supporting a call by the country’s Superior Health Council (CSS).

A recent study by the CSS highlighted that filters create a deceptive sense of safety and may even increase the level of carcinogenic substances in cigarette smoke. The report also pointed to the environmental impact of filters, which release microplastics as they break down.

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This article was written by one of TobaccoIntelligence’s international correspondents. We currently employ more than 40 reporters around the world to cover individual nicotine markets.

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