Few smokers know about added sugar in cigarettes

Only 5.5% of participants responded “yes” to the question: “Is sugar added to cigarettes?”, and only 3.8% of participants indicated being aware that added sugar increases toxins in cigarette smoke. Forty-eight participants mentioned the sugar items when asked to comment about the overall questionnaire. Fifty-two percent of these comments expressed an interest in obtaining more information about added sugar, and 23% described the sugar items as interesting/informative. Three participants commented that learning about added sugar motivated them to quit or cut down on smoking.

Cigarettes contain natural and added sugars to reduce the harshness of smoke, making it easier to inhale. This also increases the amount of harmful chemicals in smoke and the addictive potential of smoking, Seidenberg said.