A new study has found that cigarettes with lower nicotine content may decrease addiction potential among individuals highly vulnerable to tobacco addiction.
New study backs the FDA’s recent recommendation that the nicotine levels in cigarettes should be lowered to “non-addictive” levels.
The research team examined the addiction potential of cigarettes with reduced nicotine content in three vulnerable populations of smokers, people with psychiatric disorders and socio-economically disadvantaged women.
Interestingly, it found that lowering nicotine levels does reduce the addiction potential of cigarettes and that “in relatively healthy and socially stable smokers, reducing nicotine content of cigarettes reduces their attractiveness”.
“This study provides a very encouraging indication that reducing the nicotine content of cigarettes would help vulnerable populations,” said professor Stephen Higgins, who led the study.
“This is highly encouraging news with tremendous potential to improve public health.”
The multi-site, double-blind study is “the first large, controlled study to examine the dose-dependent effects of cigarettes with reduced nicotine content on the reinforcing effects, subjective effects and smoking topography of vulnerable populations,” said the study’s authors.
The study was published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.
Cigarettes will still do all the terrible things to you; you will still be at high risk for diseases like chronic bronchitis and emphysema and not only lung cancer but bladder, throat, mouth and tongue cancers among others.
Experts say that cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 different compounds. A significant number of them are toxic (poisonous) and can damage our cells and many of them are carcinogenic (cause cancer).
Quitting smoking can help most of the major parts of your body: from your brain to your DNA.
Quitting smoking is beneficial to health at any age and smokers who quit before 35 years of age have mortality rates similar to those who never smoked.
Quitting can also improve your social interactions and can put money in your pocket.