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Puffing Frequency and Nicotine Intake in Cigarette Smokers

Br Med J 1970; 3 doi: (Published 19 September 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;3:679
  1. Heather Ashton,
  2. D. W. Watson


    The smoking behaviour of 36 subjects smoking cigarettes with different filter retention efficiencies for nicotine was studied. Subjects were observed while performing various tasks on a driving simulator and also during a resting period after the tasks. Smokers of cigarettes with high-retention filters took more frequent puffs and obtained nearly the same amount of nicotine as smokers of cigarettes with low-retention filters, both while performing the tasks and during the resting period. Smokers of both types of cigarettes took significantly more puffs and obtained more nicotine per unit time during the resting period than during the tasks. The results are compatible with the possibility that smokers automatically adjust the nicotine dose obtained from a cigarette to some “optimum” level which may vary with different activities.