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  • 1 Atomic Energy Council Institute of Nuclear Energy Research P. O. Box 3-19 Lung-Tan Taiwan (Republic of China)
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An internal standard method has been applied for the determination of lanthanum, antimony, scandium, chromium, iron and cobalt in commercial cigarettes by neutron activation analysis using gold as an internal standard element. These trace elements were separated from irradiated samples by APDC (ammonium pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate)/Zeph (tetradecyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride) coprecipitation, followed by direct gamma-counting of the separated precipitate using a Ge(Li) detector. Standard reference tobacco 1R1 prepared by the University of Kentucky was also analyzed by this procedure for the above 6 elements, the results of which were compared with literature values. Good results were obtained by the present method.