Philip Morris Will Test New Product In SLC

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's tobacco watchdogs are concerned after the nation's largest cigarette company chose Salt Lake City to test a new product line.

Philip Morris U-S-A will market its Marlboro UltraSmooth in Atlanta, Tampa, Florida and Salt Lake City in the coming weeks.

The UltraSmooth has a filter that contains carbon.

While other brands also have carbon-containing filters, tobacco critics worry using the popular Marlboro name to push the product may draw in smokers who otherwise might quit.

Tobacco watchdogs are also puzzled why the cigarette company would chose Utah, which is the most smoke-free population of any state in the country. Just under 12-percent of the state's population lights up.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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