Lower Nicotine Levels did not Increase Cigarette Smoking

August 22, 2014 7:58 PM

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Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death throughout the world. In order to reduce these rates, governmental officials have tried many different ways to get smokers to quit and to prevent others from starting. One method is to reduce the level of nicotine in cigarettes. However, experts have been concerned that the lower levels would lead people to smoke more. Researchers from the University of Waterloo set out to examine this link and found that smoking cigarettes with low levels of nicotine did not increase people's cigarette use.

"One of the primary barriers to reducing nicotine levels is the belief that individuals who continue to smoke will smoke more cigarettes in an effort to extract the same nicotine levels, thereby exposing themselves to greater amounts of toxic chemicals. Our findings suggest this is not the case," sa...

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