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Early morning smoking increases nicotine intake

A new study suggests that those who rise and smoke inhale more nicotine than other smokers.

Early morning smoking increases nicotine intake

A new study suggests that those who rise and smoke inhale more nicotine than other smokers.

It is generally presumed that the number of cigarettes you smoke impact the amount of nicotine you consume. An average cigarette yields about 1 mg of absorbed nicotine.

To look whether the time at which someone smokes impacts nicotine consumptions or not, researchers studied 252 smokers, African-Americans and Native-Americans, who lived in Westchester County, New York. The researchers asked them about their smoking habits and analysed their blood levels of cotinine, a chemical that indicates the amount of nicotine in the blood.

It was found that those who smoked within 30 minutes of waking up had higher levels of cotinine than those who waited longer for the first smoke of the day.

The finding provides evidence that simply looking at the number of cigarettes that someone smokes doesn't tell the full picture. It appears that those who woke up and smoked were taking in twice as much nicotine as normal, considering the number of cigarettes they smoked.

The above findings could be because these smokers take more frequent and deeper drags on their cigarettes.
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