The Yesmoke Laboratory was not planned to be used as an instrument of competition or as an archive for company secrets. On the contrary, the laboratory is intended to gather and spread information, so that people can know more not only about Yesmoke's products.
A sound society does not develop from foolish, cursory prohibitions. It’s, rather, the outcome of a thoughtful, thorough process of education of individuals, who, in full freedom respecting their own and others rights, have all the tools to choose what is best for them and their own lives.
The laboratory has been set up so that it can measure the substances contained in cigarettes that do the most harm to smokers’ health; it also wants send out true information on the “chemical cocktails” illegally and widely used in the production of cigarettes.
The Yesmoke laboratory has all the necessary prerequisites and has applied to the Italian Ministry of Health for certification to become an officially approved laboratory whose analyses will be valid also at juridical levels.
The Cerulean SM410 Smoking Machine analyses the cigarettes by “smoking” them according to the International ISO 4387-2000 Standards. The particulate released by the cigarette is collected by a special filter and sampled by a carbon dioxide analyser. The filter that absorbs substances like tar, water, nicotine and aromas is examined in different ways. Gravimetric readings provide the weight of the total particulate. Subsequently the filter is treated with solvents according to ISO 10315 – 2000 and ISO 10362-2 – 1994 and analysed with the prescribed techniques.
To determine the nicotine level, an Agilent 6890N gas chromatograph machine is used along with an Agilent 5975B INERT MSD mass spectrometer fitted with an Agilent 7683B self-sampler.
To measure the humidity, the Karl Fischer method is followed with a Crison Titromatic 1S, which, with specific chemical reactants, performs the potentiometric titration of the water content of the extract.
The humidity of the tobacco and of the cigarettes is checked with a Cerulean MW3150. The MW3150 is a compact unit designed for use in quality assurance and production and allows for moisture measurement of cigarettes or tobacco utilising the microwave method.Moisture results are obtained in less than 30 seconds with no sample preparation required and accuracy levels are unaffected by sample temperature or sample structure and density. A low intensity microwave system is used for the measurement which ensures that samples are not heated or dried by the measurement process. Two interchangeable heads allow for measurement of cigarettes, filter rods and tobacco.
An instrument, the CERULEAN QTM MODULES measures the weight, diameter, ventilation and the pressure drop in the cigarettes and in the filters.
A Cerulean PST300 checks the hermetic properties of the packs. Measuring approximately 3 samples per minute, the PST300 is an automatic pack seal tester, suitable for aboratory or point-of-production use. Minimum calibration requirements, a batch measurement facility and an automatic feed belt which accepts up to 10 packs at a time mean that the PST300 functions with minimum operator intervention. The unit automatically pierces the packs and checks the airflow and results are displayed on the front panel.
A Cerulean PPM1000 measures the permeability of the paper used in the various processes of the cigarette fabrication. The PPM 1000M is designed not only to meet all current meaurement requirements but also comply with proposed revisions under the new CORESTA taskforce on permeability. Utilising both vacuum and pressure methods, the PPM 1000M is a comprehensive unit capable of measuring the entire portfolio of tobacco papers across the whole measurement range 0.1 – 40,000 CORESTA units. The PPM 1000M enables the user to measure the complete range of tobacco papers, including LIP papers, on one unit thus saving investment in instrumentation, people and time.
The Hardness Unit determines the hardness of cigarettes and filter rods. Results are reported in millimeters (mm) or inches or percent hardness. This unit measures the hardness of cigarettes or filter rods from 70 to 150 mm. All samples must be near cylindrical shape between 5.0 mm and 9.0 mm in diameter. The Hardness unit applies a force (Preload) against the sample rod. Then it measures the diameter. Next, an additional force applied (Applied Load), and the diameter is measured again. The difference in the 2 diameters is used to calculate the hardness.
The flavour addition process is identical to the preparation of the casing, without the heating and mixing for 60 minutes in the tank. When prepared and mixed, the tank with the flavour is placed directly in the Primary, fitting it to the Garbuio Flavour cylinder.
In a special area called kitchen in the casing tank, specific quantities of formula ingredients are added to the tobacco and subsequently mixed and heated for 60 minutes. When this is done, the tank is placed in the Primary attaching it to the Garbuio DCCC machine.