August 30, 2006
Cigarettes Now More Addictive
Even as public health efforts to curb smoking have increased, the nicotine content of cigarettes has also increased, making smoking more addictive and quitting more difficult. A Massachusetts Department of Public Health study, using data generated by cigarette makers, found that the nicotine in cigarettes that can be inhaled increased by an average of 10% over the period 1998-2004. Despite the soaring costs of cigarettes, public smoking bans, and other measures aimed at discouraging smoking, the smoking rate among U.S. adults persists at about 20%. Anti-smoking advocates claim that the increased nicotine levels are aimed at getting smokers addicted more quickly and keeping them addicted. See Steven Smith's story for the Boston Globe.
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