You know you want to quit smoking when you smell a cigarette, see the label and think, “Wow, it’s not for me.
It’s probably just a bad cigarette.”
But are you really going to smoke that cigarette?
If you have never smoked a cigarette before, it can be difficult to know how to quit without taking a puff, says Jennifer O’Hara, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis.
So she and her colleagues asked more than 100 smokers to try out a new tobacco-free cigarette.
After about an hour, the participants were asked to fill out a questionnaire about how they felt about their smoking.
The researchers then sent the participants a packet of 100 cigarettes containing either regular or flavored nicotine.
The participants were given a week to try the flavored cigarettes.
The flavors included mint, ginger, cinnamon, and strawberry.
When they were done with the cigarettes, they were asked how much they liked them.
Some of the participants who tried the flavored cigars and had smoked regular cigarettes rated the cigars higher on a scale of one to five, with five being the “most enjoyable.”
But the participants that were given flavored cigarettes rated them lower, with three being “most unpleasant.”
That difference between the rated and rated cigars, O’Hallaha says, could be due to differences in their taste.
The study was published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research.