NZ sucks more nicotine than Aussies
June 21, 2010 - 4:54PM
Smokers in New Zealand are sucking in more nicotine from their cigarettes than Australian smokers, new research has found.
Researchers at international company, British American Tobacco, tested 80,000 smoked cigarette butts sourced from eight countries, the New Zealand Herald reported on Monday.
The study, published in the journal of Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, found Australians sucked 1.36 milligrams of nicotine out of each cigarette.
Meanwhile, New Zealanders sucked out 1.62 milligrams of the addictive ingredient.
Local public health specialist, Murray Laugesen, told the Herald this could be because Australians preferred lower-nicotine brands or because Kiwis may be "sucking cigarettes more intensively".
According to the study, New Zealanders were at the top end of nicotine exposure, which Dr Laugesen said suggested smoking was more addictive in the Land of Long White Cloud.
"The findings, compared with Australia, show we are not reducing our smoking quite as fast," he said.
The study also found New Zealand smokers were exposed to the greatest average amount of tar out of 5703 smokers in eight countries.
Researchers tested 15 different cigarette brands in each country to accurately reflect the range available.
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