One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A filter attached to a cigarette for removing some components from the inhaled smoke.
- ‘Tins and bottles are the main form of litter; old newspapers are burnt or put in the bin, and there are no filter tips on cigarettes yet, just stubbed out ends which are also put in the rubbish.’
- ‘By that time I'd mastered the art of rolling a Dutch joint - fat and conical with a filter tip.’
- ‘This indicates that the filter tip has influenced the combustion of the tobacco column during smoking.’
- ‘It is no longer a big leaf, it is now in small pieces which are then eventually I think shredded before being wrapped in paper and having a filter tip put on the end.’
- ‘It feels like a real cigarette (well, a real plastic one) right down to its mock filter tip.’
- ‘Filter tips help to reduce nicotine and tar levels.’
- ‘I have discovered to my distress and inconvenience, that nowhere in the Middle East do they sell Swan Slim Line filter tips.’
- ‘‘It's like a filter tip on a cigarette in that it might help a little bit,’ he said.’
- 1.1 A cigarette with a filter tip.
- ‘Doctors linked smoking with ill-health in the 1930s and a cancer scare took hold in the 1950s but tobacco companies turned around sales by offering ‘safe’ low-tar and filter tip varieties, and with intensive advertising.’
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