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Low-nicotine cigarettes may help determined smokers cut back
- By Mallika Marshall, MD, Contributing Editor
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As a dentist, I always warn my patients of the dangers of smoking. Although the addiction factor is valid and extremely important, there are also psychological factors that play a role. Looking cool, smoking to just smoke, smoking because others smoke around you, “cravings” etc.
With that said, I don’t believe lowering the amount of nicotine will have any positive effect on this population of smokers.
Thank you for this article. It is well written.
Ardeshir S. Khou, DDS
Los Angeles, CA
Not surprised with the results, as less nicotine in the body would logically compel a smoker to crave less cigarettes. These cigarettes should be readily available to all smokers who wish to reduce or break their addiction, or even just smoke without the addictive component. Low nicotine cigarettes should be viewed (by smokers and the FDA) as a better option than those currently offered to consumers. But would “Big Tobacco” try to resist a move to mandatory lower nicotine to keep their customers hooked? I’m guessing, for as long as the FDA allows them to.
You can get a very low nicotine cigarette in Spain. And hopefully the UK and France soon… They are a 0.0% or 0.2% nicotine cigarette with the brand name “Magic”. 22nd Century Group (ticker xxii) is the Corp that makes them. They will be submitting a modified risk application to the FDA for their Very low nicotine product hopefully in the coming weeks/month. Once approved, which could take a longer than a year (which would be absolutely ridiculous), they can sell their Very Low Nicotine product in the United States. They can do a lot more than just what I have noted above too.
SOUNDS HELPFUL . SO CAN YOU GIVE US SOME EXAMPLES OF SAID CIGARETTS PLEASE?
Well written…..I did learn something… personally, I do not smoke. Parents did..part of the culture in the 1930s to1960s….I would cough when around smoke. JCH
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