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Well basically, I have a friend who smokes about 200 cigerettes a week. He wants to cut-down and is looking for a cigarette brand that is not very addictive if that makes sense. I know they all contain tar,nicotine etc..but their must be a brand that is less strong/addictive compared to another brand?

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All nicotine is highly addictive :facepalm: Silly question. He should invest in nicotine patches instead
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Marly reds :mmm:
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All nicotine is addictive :facepalm: Silly question. He should invest in nicotine patches instead
Actually it's not a silly question, different brands of cigarettes have varying levels of nicotine in them, since some brands have less nicotine than others, some brands will be less addictive per cigarette than another. So therefore switching to a brand with a lower level of nicotine and also cutting down the amount that he smokes will mean he's taking in less nicotine. Whether or not this is an effective strategy for quitting remains to be seen, I personally doubt it unless they have very strong will power, however the main point still stands.
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Damn just realised I posted in wrong forum
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They all have tar, carbon monoxide and nicotine amounts printed on the side of the packet, just go to a shop and ask for the ones with the lowest nicotine content and they'll probably dig around and find them for you.

However, your friend would probably just end up smoking more of the weaker cigarettes. I'd suggest actual quitting aids, e.g. gum, patches.
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Actually it's not a silly question, different brands of cigarettes have varying levels of nicotine in them, since some brands have less nicotine than others, some brands will be less addictive per cigarette than another. So therefore switching to a brand with a lower level of nicotine and also cutting down the amount that he smokes will mean he's taking in less nicotine. Whether or not this is an effective strategy for quitting remains to be seen, I personally doubt it unless they have very strong will power, however the main point still stands.
But surely as an addictive agent and as the smoker is already addicted, he'll just smoke more cigarettes instead to get the fix he's used to having by investing in "weaker" cigarette? Your reasoning is good, but I don't think he'll achieve his goal by taking that route.

If his friend is serious, he'll get patches rather than deluding himself that smoking weaker cigarettes will help him cut down in the long term.
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Me and many friends have done this, your mate will just smoke more weaker ones. All or nothing I'm afraid.
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Yes, it is a silly question. The different content of nicotine in one cigarette is going to make **** all difference when he smokes 200 a week.

Don't **** about and change the type of cigarette, if he's serious about cutting down or quitting then get in contact with the NHS, get the patches, get those plastic cigarettes, and actually quit.

If you're going to be a ******** and check the nicotine content in each cigarette then I see no point in cutting down at all.
Did you completely miss the part where I said "whether this is an effective strategy for quitting remains to be seen"? Or did you only bother reading half my post and then make some presumptuous comment?

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But surely as an addictive agent and as the smoker is already addicted, he'll just smoke more cigarettes instead to get the fix he's used to having by investing in "weaker" cigarette? Your reasoning is good, but I don't think he'll achieve his goal by taking that route.

If his friend is serious, he'll get patches rather than deluding himself that smoking weaker cigarettes will help him cut down in the long term.
Yes, I know, again like I said, I doubt that this is an effective strategy for quitting, however the point of cutting down is to make it easier to then go cold turkey, you can't say "well surely he'll just smoke more of the weaker brand" because that's not cutting down and if he's not going to cut down then he's not doing what he's said he will do in the OP and we can't draw any logical solution since the information provided is incorrect. So in order to make an informed reply one must assume that the OP's friend does actually intend to cut down on the weaker cigarettes and my post remains correct.
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He could try to smoke roll ups instead of straights first of all. They will contain a similar amount of nicotine, tar etc but roll ups tend to be thinner so in the long run he will be inhaling slightly less of all the chemicals. It might help him cut down a little bit. After that he can try smoking less roll ups each week.
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I do not think this will work as a strategy lol but if you want a rough guide, 0.4 mg nicotine ciggarettes would be marlboro lights, .6-.8 would be mayfair smooths, mayfairs, marlboro reds (might be 1mg in marly reds). 1mg is like horrible **** lol like palace I guess or some regals?

Use that info as you will but I dont think this strategy would really work. Could try I Guess. IF he wants to cut down and not quit (which is possible, I know lots of people, including me who have cut down and its lasted. Ive gone from 20 a day to 10 a day and its lasted for months), Id say just smoke less ****. He'll literally half his expenditure whereas if he moved to lights and smoked the same amount his spending would go up probably as marly lights are very expensive.

Fwiw, some smokers are not evilly trapped in a sickening and disgusting addiction to the perilous nicotine they cant get out of us. Some of us, god forbid, do not WANT to quit because we enjoy smoking
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Also, yes, some cigarettes are 'less addictive'. You have to take in a **** load of nicotine before you are genuinely addicted and marly lights contain 40% as much nicotine as some stronger ****, so you will take longer to get hooked on it
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cold turkey- it's the only way I stopped.
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Go online and purchase Greengo Rolling Tobacco. Zero Nicotine. Behaves like the real thing. Commonly used in the Netherlands but can be purchased here.
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Silk Cut Ultra Low - 0.1 nicotine and 1 mg tar. A straight answer with no waffle !
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Candy cigarettes, anyone remember them?
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I did exactly this. I went from 0.8 to 0.6 to 0.4 and finally 0.1 mg nicotine. Each time I spent 4 weeks on the changeover. My smoking increased for about 3 to 4 days and then went down to my usual 10 per day. I now smoke Philip Morris Quantum one. They are the lowest I can find for tar, nicotine and other toxins. It has been a big help and I know that when I quit I will find it easier as I am coming off a much lower level of nicotine. Good luck to your mate.
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Oh lord...

ALL cigarettes are highly addictive. There are none that are 'less' addictive than any others. Smoking is a bit like pregnancy - you're either a smoker or you're not. Don't think that 'cutting down' or trying 'low-tar/nicotine' cigarettes is in any way an answer. There is no research to show that this is less harmful or increases your chances of quitting to any large extent.
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You have to take in a **** load of nicotine before you are genuinely addicted
This is scientifically illiterate nonsense.
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I did exactly this. I went from 0.8 to 0.6 to 0.4 to 0.1 mg nicotine. With each swop I smoked more for only 2. Or 3 days and then went back to my usual level, of 10 per day. I now use Philip Morris quantum one. It worked for me and was a big help. I gave each change about 4 weeks. Really glad I did it. Good luck to your mate.
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