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.