(ed: why don’t we mandate this here in nz – set the maximum level of nicotine allowed in cigarettes..?..seems a no-brainer and easy-as to do..)
The US government is making a strong push to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes to ‘minimally or non-addictive levels’ the regulator Scott Gottlieb announced Thursday.
If the US Food and Drug Administration succeeds in mandating reduced nicotine the agency said 33 million young people could be prevented from becoming regular smokers and it would prompt 5 million people to quit within one year of implementation.
The latest push for changes will amend federal regulations – a process that does not involve Congress and has become a favorite tactic of the Trump administration to bring about change.
The rate of Americans who smoke has declined to 15% in the last decade.
Nevertheless tobacco-related illness still kills 480,000 Americans and costs the US $300bn per year the FDA said.
Gottlieb – the commissioner of the FDA – said the announcement was ‘a significant step in our efforts to confront nicotine addiction in combustible cigarettes’.
He added: ‘This milestone places us squarely on the road toward achieving one of the biggest public health victories in modern history and saving millions of lives in the process’.