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Wednesday, 21st January 2009
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Japanese scientist make nicotine-free cigarette 'breakthrough'

A scientist in Japan has made a breakthrough that could pave the wave for nicotine-free cigarettes.

Over the last three years, Professor Kazufumi Yazaki, a plant molecular biologist at Kyoto University's Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, has been studying the gene which transprots nicotine around the body.

He said is next aim is to create a cigarette which does not have a harmful effect on the human body.

Professor Yazaki told the Daily Telegraph: "We will proceed now with experiments to raise tobacco plants that have no nicotine in their leaves, although there may still be some problems to overcome."

He added that one of the biggest obstacles to his research is funding.

A recent study by Japan Tobacco, the world's third largest tobacco manufacturer, found that nearly 40 per cent of men spoke in the country, compared to just under 13 per cent of women.