Nicotine is a potent parasympathomimetic alkaloid found in tobacco plants.

Nicotine is a potent parasympathomimetic alkaloid found in tobacco plants.

 Nicotine is Addictive

The cigarette companies long understood the role of nicotine in cigarette design and smoking addiction. When the 1988 Surgeon General’s Report declared that people smoked due to nicotine addiction, public attitudes about smoking began to shift. While attacking the Surgeon General’s Report on nicotine addiction as irresponsible and unscientific, cigarette manufacturers began shifting their R&D efforts to develop alternatives to conventional cigarettes including those with lower levels of nicotine.

Very Low Nicotine Cigarettes

  • In 1989 Philip Morris conducted a small test marketing study of its very low nicotine cigarette (Next Denic) made by using a new processing method to remove most of the nicotine from tobacco. The product was pulled from the test markets after a few months, even though the product generated substantial consumer trial.
  • In 2003, Vector Tobacco (formerly Liggett & Meyers) introduced a very low nicotine cigarette (Quest 3) manufactured using its newly patented genetically modified tobacco.
  • In 2015, 22nd Century Group, Inc. introduced Magic cigarettes using genetically modified tobaccos to
    create a very low nicotine delivery product.
Next De-Nic by Philip Morris

Next De-Nic by Philip Morris, 1989

Quest, Vector Tobacco 2003

Quest, Vector Tobacco 2003

Magic Cigarettes, 22nd Century Group, 2015

Magic Cigarettes, 22nd Century Group, 2015