Quote of the Day - Cigarettes are indispensible props for tough-talking adults and aspirants to that status.
I would have never guessed. ;)
The study, published in the British Medical Journal (but not yet available online) noted that smokers of "lighter" cigarettes compensate by taking deeper drags, holding the smoke longer and smoking more cigarettes.
The American Cancer Society and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology conducted the study. According to this article, "Tobacco industry representatives said manufacturers never claimed light or mild cigarettes were safer, and don't dispute the study's findings."
Philip Morris, for example, publishes its version of the facts about low-tar cigs, which are surprisingly similar to the study's conclusion. Guess they learn well after so many smoker's lawsuits.
Don't ask me, I only occasionally smoke cigars.