New Research Suggests Lowering Nicotine Reduces Smoking Addictiveness in Vulnerable Populations

Cigarette smoking is attributed to more than 480,000 U.S. deaths per year, as well as diseases affecting 16 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This behavior continues to be overrepresented among those with mental illness, substance use disorders and socioeconomic disadvantage.

A recent study in JAMA Network Open provides evidence that even in smokers from vulnerable populations, reducing nicotine content to low levels decreases addictiveness. The findings are particularly timely being that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering a policy to lower nicotine content in all cigarettes sold in the U.S.

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