Posted on January 17, 2005
Light Cigarette Fallacy
Light and ultra-light cigarettes account for most of the cigarettes sales in the United States. But smokers who choose these brands thinking they are reducing their health risks are mistaken, reports the Light Cigarette Misperceptions study, funded by the Substance Abuse Policy Research Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. According to the study's
fact sheet, light cigarettes deliver about as much tar and nicotine as regular cigarettes. In addition, smokers may not realize that by covering the vents on cigarette filters they are reducing or eliminating the dilution of tar and nicotine the ventilation aims to produce.