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Lower Nicotine Levels Favored by Most Americans

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A new study finds that many Americans support reducing nicotine in cigarettes to prevent people from becoming addicted to smoking.

In a survey of 511 nonsmokers and 510 smokers ages 18 and older, HealthDay reports that two-thirds support reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes to non-addictive levels.

Researchers also found that 77 percent would support the reduction to non-addictive levels if doing so would reduce the number of children who became addicted to cigarettes.

According to study author Gregory Connolly, director of the Center for Global Tobacco Control at the Harvard School of Public Health, a ban on cigarettes was supported by 43 percent of survey respondents.

The study was published online in the American Journal of Public Health.

3 Responses to this article

  1. Fern Webb / February 23, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Fr. Kearney is right. Any nicotine level would be addictive, and the addiction’s nature is to increase. I think people would just smoke more cigarettes and get more carcinogens and tar. And, there is much more to smoking than just nicotine. It is a complex addiction. Smoking isn’t good for humans or animals.

  2. maxwood / February 22, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Again a study compares attitudes toward different kinds of 700-mg.-per-lightup hot-burning $igarettes, with carbon monoxide and other “smoking”-related issues, instead of exploring alternatives ways of obtaining nicotine, such as vaporizing from a fluid as in an e-cigarette, or vaporizing dry herb (such as the shredded tobacco from a $igarette) in a vaporizer or a 25-mg-per-lightup one-hitter.

  3. Fr. Jack Kearney / February 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Hmmm….is there really solid evidence that lowering nicotine would greatly impact the number of smokers? Is there really such a thing as a “non-addictive” level of nicotine?
    Smoking seems much more complicated than just nicotine…

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