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Roswell Park releases study on smoking

Smokers would prefer to use less-addictive cigarettes, according to new research from Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Roswell Park researchers conducted a survey of U.S. smokers as part of a series of International Tobacco Control surveys around the world, designed to evaluate the impact of tobacco control policies.

The research, led by Andrew Hyland, chairman of the department of health behavior, found that smokers strongly favor decreasing the addictiveness of cigarettes.

Conducted between November 2009 and January 2010, the survey of 678 smokers asked about attitudes and beliefs about the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009, which gave the Food & Drug Administration the authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing and sale of tobacco products with a mandate to reduce tobacco-related disease and death.

Findings were published in a recent issue of BMC Public Health. Other findings included:

- 71 percent of smokers were unaware of the authority of the FDA to regulate tobacco

- 67 percent of smokers support reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes if nicotine was available in a non-cigarette form

- 67 percent of smokers indicated support for banning cigarette advertising, promotion and marketing

- 41 percent of smokers would support a law that bans additives and flavoring that make cigarettes seem less harsh.

Hyland said the findings will now be compared with the survey results in more than 20 countries to evaluate the impact of tobacco control policies, including pictorial warnings, higher taxes on products, bans on advertising and promotion and smoke-free laws.

"This will allow us to understand tobacco use and the potential of FDA policies to reduce tobacco use not only here in the U.S. but throughout the world," he said.



Published: Friday, February 17, 2012

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