WHY "LIGHTS" ARE JUST AS DEADLY
A study has shown that Camel Lights actually contain more nicotine per cigarette (10.3mg) than Camel Full Flavor (9.5 mg). Thus the numbers printed on the packs bear very little relation either to the total quantity contained in the cigarette or absorbed by the smoker.
The majority of smokers of "light" cigarettes believe them to be less harmful than regular brands. Unfortunately the evidence suggests that "light" cigarettes are just as harmful as regular cigarettes, and that for many smokers, switching to "lights" merely delays the day when the person quits completely. Of course, the tobacco industry has known all of this for more than thirty years. An internal memo within the Philip Morris tobacco company in 1976 indicated that their own research on Marlboro Lights already showed that smokers of light cigarettes do not inhale less harmful smoke. It stated, "Marlboro Lights cigarettes were not smoked like regular Marlboros. There were differences in the size and frequency of puffs, with larger volumes taken on Marlboro Lights......In effect, the Marlboro 85 smokers in this study did not achieve any reduction in the smoke intake by smoking a cigarette normally considered lower in delivery".
The main message for smokers is that if you are interested in doing something to reduce or avoid the health risks of smoking, then switching to so called "light" cigarettes will not necessarily help achieve that aim. The single best thing a smoker can do for their health is to stop smoking.