A new study has found that cutting down the nicotine content in cigarettes could make smokers reduce become less addictive, causing reduced smoking rates.
A group of scientists examined how nicotine reduction in cigarettes affected the habits of smokers, looking poor women, vulnerable smokers and those with mental issues. The researchers found that reducing the nicotine levels don’t bring down addiction in socially stable smokers, but reduces the attractiveness.
The lead author, Professor Stephen Higgins said the study reveals that reducing the nicotine content could help predisposed populations. He added that this is encouraging news and could help the populace in maintaining good health.
FDA adopts the research result
In line with the study results, the FDA in the US is set to cause changes on Cigarette to save kids and reduce disease and deaths from tobacco significantly. If this works out, it’ll be implemented in the UK also.
A health professor at the University of Stirling, Linda Bauld told The Sun that the findings would make smoking less attractive and addictive. When employed in a carefully controlled manner, it could help smokers reduce or quit smoking. However, it may not be easy to implement this in real life. Cigarettes are available in different nations, and marketing less attractive products in the United States could lead to smuggling of counterfeit products.
A professor of health psychology, UCL, Prof Robert West applauded the findings but hinted that it might not be productive in the meantime, adding that demonizing nicotine could reduce the complementary approach of urging smokers to turn to less harmful smoking habits like the e-cigarettes.