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2011 (Vol. 2, Issue: 6)
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Determination of Minerals Profile in Ghanaian Local Snuffs and an Imported Snuff Using Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis

M.A. Addo, O.G. Duodu, H.A. Affum, J.K. Gbadago, E.O. Darko and A. Coleman
Corresponding Author:  Hannah Asamaoh Affum 

Key words:  Carcinogenic, heavy metal, medicated, smoking, tobacco, ,
Vol. 2 , (6): 293-301
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2011 August, 12 2011 October, 07 2011 December, 20
Abstract:

The extent of toxicological character of tobacco snuff is an on-going subject of debate. In this study, the concentration of thirty-four toxic and other elements in two local snuffs and a foreign snuff product have been determined. The technique for elemental determination is Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA). Special attention was given to elements that play a significant toxicological role after entering the human body through tobacco snuff assimilationf. The aim of the study was to determine the pattern of elemental concentrations and the toxicological strengths of the different snuff types. The results indicated that concentrations of As, Br, Cd, Cr, Hg in the foreign brand were lower, with the traditional product showing the highest toxicity. In conclusion, it was observed that these elements may then be part of the health risk of exposure to snuff users in Ghana.
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M.A. Addo, O.G. Duodu, H.A. Affum, J.K. Gbadago, E.O. Darko and A. Coleman, 2011. Determination of Minerals Profile in Ghanaian Local Snuffs and an Imported Snuff Using Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis.  British Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology, 2(6): 293-301.
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