The study, published in the journal BMC Public Health, found that cigarette smoke contains some 4,800 chemicals - many of them being carcinogens. According to a Biomed Central statement, most of the smokers have no clue what they're inhaling.
The researchers said that consumers should be given more information about what's in cigarette smoke to help them understand the true dangers of smoking. But it is not the case right now, which is a big concern to health officials.
The findings are based on a national telephone survey that included about 5,000 adults over the age of 18. The researchers also focused on low-income areas which sees higher tobaccu use rates. A total of 27.5 percent of adults had look for tobacco smoke info, expecially for chemicals likely to cause cancer and other health problems. The largest percentage, 37.2 percent, were young adults between 18 and 25 years of age, and another large percentage, 34.3 percent, were smokers.
"By making tobacco chemical information available to the public and tobacco industry practice more transparent, those seeking this information may be less likely to start smoking and more likely to quit because they will be better informed about the toxic chemicals present in tobacco products," Marcella Boynton, first author of the research paper from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said in the statement.
The statement added: "Given the FDA's role of communicating the harms of tobacco use, the researchers sought to understand how tobacco product users and non-users perceive the credibility of the FDA. Participants were asked if they had ever heard of the FDA and if they believed that the FDA could effectively regulate tobacco products. The vast majority of US adults surveyed (94.6%) reported having heard of the FDA, but awareness was lower amongst young adults, those with lower education, low numeracy and those living in poverty. The majority of both smokers (66.6%) and non-smokers (65.0%) believed that the FDA could effectively regulate tobacco products."