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Low tar cigarettes 'misleading smokers'

Published on 09/11/2009
People who opt for low-tar cigarettes tend to smoke more intensely than those who do not, new research suggests.

In news that could come to bear on health insurance plans for smokers, a study published in the latest edition of medical journal The Lancet suggested that low-yield cigarettes are more effective as a marketing strategy than a health measure.

Commenting on the report, charity Action on Smoking and Health's (ASH) Amanda Sandford suggested that people who believe they are benefitting from smoking low-tar cigarettes have been "misled".

"It is extremely worrying," she said. "It really shows the need for all this misleading branding to be removed from the packs."

Ms Sandford, who is research manager at ASH, continued: "Every cigarette is dangerous. There is no such thing as a safe cigarette."

In an article published this month by the Daily Mail, it was suggested that smokers who hope to quit the habit by first switching to low-tar cigarettes may find it harder to do so.

Figures from the NHS Information Centre published in August indicate that nearly half of smokers who set a quit date with NHS Stop Smoking Services gave up the habit in 2008/09.
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