Myristicin in Cigarette Smoke

Science  07 Jan 1966:
Vol. 151, Issue 3706, pp. 96-97
DOI: 10.1126/science.151.3706.96


The pharmacologically active aromatic ether, myristicin, was isolated from the smoke of commercial cigarettes. The compound was identified by spectrometry (infrared, ultraviolet, and mass) and gas chromatography. The amount of myristicin in smoke is relatively low, and its contribution, if any, to the physiological action of cigarette smoke is unknowvn.