Cutting Back on Cigarettes Could Backfire - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/21/04

Cutting Back on Cigarettes Could Backfire

You want to quit smoking, so you think well I'll just try cutting back at first. Sound familiar? New research indicates that plan will probably backfire and the effort could be more damaging than you think.

The study at Ohio State University followed some hopeful quitters, and they found those who reduced their daily cigarette habit by half actually inhaled more nicotine, carbon monoxide and other dangerous toxins in cigarettes compared to when they smoked twice as many cigarettes. Researchers say it was obvious that if the smokers knew they were getting fewer cigarettes, they began taking longer drags and smoking that thing down to the nub before putting it out.

Aside from an unsuccessful effort to quit, the study sends a message to smokers that cutting down doesn't even decrease the dependency on tobacco or lessen the impact on health.

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