Maryland's Tobacco Resource Center - Linking Professionals to Best Practices

Smokers Who Switch to Very-Low-Nicotine Cigarettes May Be More Likely to Cut Down

October
2015

New research suggests that switching to cigarettes with very low levels of nicotine may support quitting among smokers. In a recent study funded by the NIH, 840 smokers at 10 different locations either smoked “regular” cigarettes or 1 of 6 types of cigarettes with various levels of lower nicotine content. Importantly, participants in this study had no intention of quitting smoking anytime soon. After six weeks, participants who smoked cigarettes with very low nicotine content smoked about 30% fewer cigarettes per day than those who smoked regular cigarettes. While these results are promising, additional research is needed to support these findings.