(ABCNews) – Is there a simple and cost effective way to kick the habit?
Nicotine is what makes smoking so addictive and the average cigarette has about 16 milligrams per gram of tobacco.
But what if cigarettes contained less nicotine?
A New England Journal Of Medicine study gave 839 current smokers, who did not want to quit, either their regular cigarettes or altered cigarettes with different and lower amounts of nicotine.
Surprisingly, the ones who smoked cigarettes with just two milligrams per gram or less of nicotine, smoked 30-40% fewer cigarettes per day.
But would it help them quit?
The participants were monitored for 30 days after the study and the ones who were given cigarettes with less than half a milligram per gram of tobacco during the study, were 17% more likely to quit.
In other words, lowering the drug nicotine in cigarettes seemed to both lower addiction, as well as aid in quitting.
Longer term studies are underway, but it would appear that a low-nicotine cigarette, could be part of the answer to quitting.