The Myth About Light And Ultralight Cigarettes
- 29 Jul
- SMOKO E-Cigarettes
Although the phrases "light" or "ultralight" on cigarettes was banned in the EU a couple of years ago, many smokers still believe that these brands are not as bad for you as normal cigarettes.
New research has shown that this is just not true and states that "light" cigarette users have exactly the same risk of lung cancer as a normal cigarette smoker.
That means even light or ultralight cigarette smokers are 25 times more likely to develop cancer than a non-smoker.
However, e cigarettes might be able to help even the smokers of "light" cigarettes.
The study, conducted at the Medical University of South Carolina looked into the different types of cigarettes to find if there was any difference between the variations of normal cigarettes and unfiltered cigarettes.
The researchers looked into the health records of 14,000 smokers aged between 55 and 74 and found no difference at all in death or cancer rates for any of the filtered cigarettes, no matter if they were light, ultralight or normal.
The only difference the study found was in death rates between unfiltered cigarette smokers and filtered, with unfiltered having an even higher death rate than normal cigarette users. However this has been questioned as the study found that the demographic of people who only smoked unfiltered cigarettes was vastly different than normal cigarettes, which might explain the difference.
Before this study, health bodies knew that the idea of a "safer" cigarette (which is what light and ultralight cigarettes sold themselves as) wasn't accurate. That was the reasoning why Europe banned the use of the terms, but this is the first time we have seen evidence that there is no difference at all.
The small matter of a ban of course didn't stop cigarette companies from selling them, instead they moved to colour coding to indicate “lighter” cigarettes.
The marketing didn't help with the belief of a "safer cigarette", since the 1960's when they were first sold light cigarettes were marketed as the better option. Whether it is less nicotine, tobacco, tar, or a milder flavour, they were all sold under the banner of being better than a normal cigarette.
After decades of the cigarette industry pushing the idea of a healthier cigarette, it's no wonder that 30% of Europeans still believe that light cigarettes are better for you, even after the terms were banned and the cigarette industry's claims disproved.
The study also found that people who smoked light cigarettes were less inclined to quit smoking. Whether this is because they didn't believe they were at as much risk as a smoker who used normal cigarettes is unclear.
This lower quit rate can't even be attributed to a pure nicotine addiction either, as the research showed that light cigarette users had a lower nicotine addiction than a normal cigarette smoker.
E Cigarettes though might be able to help even those light cigarette users who refuse to quit. Although they might not need the same amount of nicotine as a regular cigarette smoker, they will still need some and SMOKO E Cigs come in a range of strengths to help everyone.
Perhaps more importantly the act of smoking itself is a powerful psychological habit that is hard to break, and e-cigarettes can help with this due to them feeling and looking like a cigarette.
And with e cigarettes you don't have the same risk of lung cancer like you do with cigarettes, as Public Health England said e-cigarettes are "at least 95% less harmful than cigarettes".
So no matter if you are a regular, light or any other type of cigarette smoker and you want to make the switch to something that gives you the same nicotine and feel of a cigarette, but without the 4,000 chemicals and 50 known carcinogens found in cigarettes, try SMOKO today.