SAN FRANCISCOChinese-Americans take in significantly less nicotine
per cigarette than whites and Latinos, allowing Chinese-American smokers to
smoke fewer cigarettes than their ethnic counterparts to achieve the same
nicotine-related effects, a new study suggests.
The Chinese-American smokers metabolized nicotine 35% more slowly than the
white or Latino smokers in the study, and the rate of nicotine metabolism
correlated significantly with nicotine intake from cigarette smoke.
These findings may explain why Chinese-Americans have a lower rate of lung
cancer than other ethnic groups, concluded Neal L. Benowitz, MD, and his
colleagues at the University of California at San Francisco (J Natl Cancer