Cigarettes May Soon Have Too Little Nicotine to Be Addictive, FDA Says

29 July, 2017, 00:29 | Author: Garry Little
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The US Food and Drug Administration said Friday it planned to open a public comment period on possible regulation to reduce the level of nicotine in cigarettes, thereby making them less addictive and reducing disease and death caused by tobacco.

The agency cannot reduce nicotine levels to zero, nor can it ban cigarettes, but Gottlieb said the FDA would study regulating nicotine levels in an attempt to make cigarettes less addictive.

Gottlieb also said the FDA is giving e-cigarette makers four more years to comply with a review of products already on the market. The FDA believes that these regulations will lead to less youth becoming addicted to tobacco products in the future. In contrast, an e-cigarette can contain anywhere between zero milligrams and 42 milligrams of nicotine.

US smoking rates have been falling for decades.

There are obstacles to the plan, however, including figuring out to deal with the people now addicted to nicotine and finding the best ways to prevent people from smoking far more cigarettes in order to get the psychoactive effects of nicotine that they crave. Greatest reasons for a preventable ailment, which the FDA says is in charge of 480,000 passing's a year and also several billions of dollars in medical expenses and lost profitability.

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According to the FDA, 90 percent of smokers had their first cigarette before they turned 18 years old and 2,500 kids try their first cigarette every day.

The FDA's official media release specifically mentions that the agency plans on developing product standards to "protect against known public health risks, such as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) battery issues and concerns about children's exposure to liquid nicotine".

Kenneth Warner, a retired University of MI public health professor who is a leading authority on smoking and health, said he was pleasantly surprised to learn of the FDA announcement.

There's additional research underway to see how often people who smoke lower-nicotine cigarettes switch to e-cigarettes or other, less harmful tobacco products, he said.

As part of a series of new regulatory efforts to try to limit the harmful effects of tobacco, the agency plans to try to cut nicotine levels in cigarettes significantly.

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