A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that low-nicotine cigarettes help to promote less smoking overall and fewer symptoms of nicotine dependence. Supported by the FDA and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the study provides preliminary evidence to support an FDA mandate for lower nicotine levels across the country. In the six-week research period, individuals using cigarettes with lower levels of the addictive substance wound up smoking less cigarettes and were also more likely to quit smoking.

“The low-nicotine users were a little more likely to smoke some regular cigarettes in addition to the ones provided in the study, yet the overall number of cigarettes and nicotine levels were lower in those groups. During the last week of the study, those given cigarettes with low amounts of nicotine – 2.4, 1.3 or 0.4 milligrams per gram of tobacco – were averaging 15 or 16 smokes a day. That compares to 21 or 22 cigarettes for those given the 15.8-milligram cigarettes or their usual brand.”

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