The Food and Drug Administration has recently suggested that reducing the nicotine levels in cigarettes might help curb the number of smokers. Now, a research came in support of these recommendations, proving that lower levels of nicotine might prevent addiction, and be better for those who are more likely to become addicted.
Disadvantaged people are more prone to addictions
Some people are more likely to develop addictions than others. These include people who suffer from different mental disorders, those who might be abusing opioids, or people with a low socioeconomic status. Studies on nicotine addiction usually look at the general population who doesn’t confront with these problems. Therefore, this underprivileged part of society often gets misrepresented.
However, if cigarettes had lower levels of nicotine, these people might become less likely to get addicted. Moreover, such levels might be beneficial even for healthy smokers, with a stable social and economic status. To analyze the situation, researchers developed a study published in JAMA Psychiatry.
Lower nicotine levels actually benefit all smokers
For this study, researchers analyzed 169 participants of various mental, social, and economic states. Sixty of these people were opioid addicts, 56 of them suffered from an affective disorder, while 53 had a poor socioeconomic status. At a certain point in the study, these participants were offered both a cigarette with a normal level of nicotine, and one with a lower level.
They tended to prefer the stronger type, but the lower nicotine levels were enough to satisfy them. Researchers also tested both a cheap and an expensive brand of cigarettes. In this case, the social factor counted, as the participants were already used to a cheaper product.
The findings are relevant, as they prove how disadvantaged people can really benefit from a lowering of nicotine levels in cigarettes. In fact, this might prevent more people from starting smoking. However, lower nicotine levels won’t make this habit any less dangerous so, if you continue smoking, a lighter cigarette won’t keep you safe.
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