It may not sound like much, but the chemical in cigarette smoke is responsible for a host of health problems, from lung cancer to heart disease.
But Canada’s cigarettes, which are sold in the United States as a nicotine-free option, are being sold with the nicotine-containing additive in Canada as well, according to a report in The Globe and Mail.
Tobacco giants Cargill Inc. and Imperial Tobacco Canada Inc. have both agreed to pay $1.2-billion to resolve claims they failed to adequately disclose nicotine in their Canadian cigarettes, a report from Reuters found.
The settlement follows a lawsuit filed by a group of health and environmental groups, including the Tobacco Control Coalition, that accused the companies of selling their cigarettes with a risk of exposure to the carcinogenic substance known as Nicoretin.
Reuters said the settlements included a commitment by Imperial to disclose nicotine on all its cigarettes sold in Canada.
The companies said they will continue to voluntarily disclose nicotine to Canadians.