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Light cigs do not break smoking habits

November 4, 2009 12:04:47 AM PST
Cigarette smokers who switch to low tar and light cigarettes in an effort to quit the nicotine habit might be fooling themselves.New research from the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine suggests it may actually be counterproductive. A study of 31,000 smokers found that 38 percent of them had switched to so called lighter cigarettes in the last year.

Nearly 20 percent said they had made the switch for better flavor and wanting to smoke a cigarette that wasn't as harmful in an effort to eventually quit altogether. 43 percent reported a desire to quit smoking as the reason for switching to lighter cigarettes. Of those who switched, 50 percent were less likely to have quit smoking.

Other research has found that light cigarettes still have the same amount of carcinogens as regular cigarettes, such as tar and nicotine.

The findings are published in the Journal Tobacco Control.


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