Low nicotine and nicotine-free cigarettes no less harmful to smokers, research finds

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 05 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1270
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

Perceptions that low nicotine and nicotine-free cigarettes are less harmful than conventional cigarettes are not supported by research.

Smokers might have reduced exposure to some toxicants, but exposure to others is greater, say researchers in Toxicology (2008 May 24 doi: 10.1016/j.tox.2008.05.009).

“This situation would likely be exacerbated by the users compensating for the lower nicotine yield and inhaling more, thereby further altering the smoke chemistry,” say the authors, whose tests showed that condensates of smoke from the nicotine-free and low nicotine cigarettes had …

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