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Why Low Nicotine Cigarettes Don't Help

Most smokers who choose low-nicotine cigarettes take in just as much of the addictive drug as smokers who choose brands higher in nicotine content.

Why? While the average smoker inhales about 1 mg of nicotine per cigarette, that amount may range from 0.5 mg or less to 2.0 mg or more. Smokers unconsciously alter the rate, size, and amount of inhalation to take in the level of nicotine that feels "right" to them, no matter how nicotine is in any particular cigarette.

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