Tobacco Smoking Healthy Option – Scientists Slash Nicotine Content!
In a remarkable achievement, an Indian research institute has successfully altered the nicotine content in tobacco plants, making them significantly less harmful. This breakthrough could revolutionize the way people consume tobacco and reduce its health risks. Currently, the modified tobacco plant contains 40-50% less nicotine, marking a promising stride towards a safer alternative.
Moreover, scientists at the Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CMAP), part of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), are actively working to push the boundaries further by aiming for a 60-70% reduction in nicotine content. Their goal is to make tobacco use less detrimental to health while allowing users to enjoy it.
The idea for this project came from a suggestion made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a meeting last year. He wanted to find ways to make tobacco safer for people.
To understand why this is significant, it’s essential to know that a typical cigarette contains around 11.9 to 14.5 milligrams of nicotine. However, when people smoke, they only absorb about 1 to 1.5 milligrams of nicotine from a single cigarette. Additionally, a study published in a medical journal in 2001 foundthat hand-rolled cigarettes, known as bidi, have even higher nicotine concentrations than regular filtered or unfiltered cigarettes.
In summary, this groundbreaking research is moving us closer to a future where tobacco consumption can be less harmful to health, all thanks to the efforts of dedicated scientists at CMAP.
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