The U.S Food and Drug Administration is currently supporting research that will look into how low nicotine content cigarettes will affect addiction, smoke exposure, and public health. While this change may act as a regulatory measure and indeed improve the effects on secondhand smoke and public safety, there is not yet any proof that reducing the nicotine content over time will eliminate smoking dependence. Published in Addiction, a study of 135 smokers found that simply reducing the amount of nicotine was not enough to actually lead smokers to quit.
“Lead author Dr Neal Benowitz explains ‘We don’t know that very low nicotine cigarettes will not’ work to reduce nicotine dependence and enhance quitting, but progressively reducing nicotine content of cigarettes in the way we did, without other means of supporting smokers, did not produce the desired results.'”
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