Published: Mon, August 07, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

FDA Wants Cigarette Nicotine to Drop to Non-Addictive Levels

FDA Wants Cigarette Nicotine to Drop to Non-Addictive Levels

The FDA will seek public input regarding the potential implications regarding the reduction of nicotine in cigarettes and how to achieve its goal of lowering nicotine in cigarettes. The FDA wants smokers to switch to smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes, as well, the Wall Street Journal reports.

"Addressing the detrimental role of flavors, including menthol, in the initiation of tobacco use will be a very significant step in reducing tobacco use among our youth", she said.

In a statement, the agency pointed to the 480,000 annual deaths in the United States due to tobacco, deeming it the leading cause in preventable illness and death. The FDA says it intends to develop 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".

Over the next few months, the FDA plans to begin a public dialogue about lowering nicotine levels in combustible cigarettes to non-addictive levels through achievable product standards.

The plan, announced Friday, July 28, would be implemented through the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act - a law that went into effect in 2009 by the Obama Administration. Nicotine, however, is the addictive element. But he worries it may stall. New smokers create an addiction to "low tar" cigarettes as fast and easy as normal cigarettes.

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"Despite the initial anxiety, we do not see the FDA's landmark decision as a frontal attack on the industry (only on combustibles) as we do not think the FDA will eventually ban nicotine across all tobacco products", the bank said.

"A key piece of the FDA's approach is demonstrating a greater awareness that nicotine - while highly addictive - is delivered through products that represent a continuum of risk and is most harmful when delivered through smoke particles in combustible cigarettes", the agency wrote in its announcement.

As a result, it will give manufacturers of the controversial e-cigarettes and several other previously unregulated tobacco products more time to comply with a FDA final rule taking effect on August 8 past year that extended the agency's authority to these tobacco products.

"Here's an opportunity to reframe the debate [about e-cigarettes]", Mitch Zeller, the FDA's director of the Center for Tobacco Products, said during Friday's news conference. However, they're not the ingredients that cause cancer, lung disease, and heart disease.

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