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US Government seeks to drastically cut nicotine content in cigarettes

United States Government on Tuesday announced it would develop a new policy requiring cigarette producers to reduce nicotine to non-addictive levels — a move that would deal a powerful blow to the tobacco industry.

If successful in its aims, the new US standard could save millions of lives by the end of the century, and shape a future where cigarettes are no longer responsible for addiction and debilitating diseases.

The initiative requires the Food and Drug Administration to develop and then publish a rule, which will likely be contested by industry.

“Nicotine is powerfully addictive,” said FDA Commissioner Robert Califf in a statement. “Making cigarettes and other combusted tobacco products minimally addictive or non-addictive would help save lives.”

The process is expected to take several years and could be delayed or derailed by litigation, or reversed by a future administration sympathetic to the tobacco lobby.

Nicotine is the “feel good” chemical that hooks people to cigarettes, chewing tobacco, vaping devices and other tobacco products.

“Addiction to nicotine in combusted products is the main driver of sustained use of these products,” the FDA added in its statement.

Thousands of other chemicals contained in tobacco and its smoke are responsible for diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes and more.

Some 12.5 percent of all US adults are current cigarette smokers, according to the FDA.

SourceAFP

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