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Low-nicotine cigarettes just as harmful to health

Low-nicotine cigarettes are just as harmful to your health as conventional cigarettes, according to new research.

A team of US researchers compared the chemicals in smoke of low-nicotine and nicotine-free cigarettes with a standard cigarette. They found that low-nicotine and nicotine-free cigarettes contained more of some chemicals and were just as toxic as conventional cigarettes.

Low-nicotine cigarettes are perceived by many to be a safer option than conventional cigarettes and some people may even smoke more of them to compensate for the low nicotine levels.

Amanda Sandford, research manager at ASH, said: "By using low-nicotine cigarettes a smoker is still inhaling harmful chemicals, while smoking a less satisfying cigarette. In that respect, low-nicotine cigarettes are a bit of a con," she added.

The researchers say that more studies are needed to assess the risks of new low-nicotine cigarettes.