The FDA wants to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes to fight addiction

The FDA wants to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes to fight addiction

The FDA wants to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes to fight addiction

"We are thrilled that FDA is now moving to lower nicotine in combustible cigarettes to non-addictive levels; this is a technically achievable standard whose time has come", explained Henry Sicignano, III, President and Chief Executive Officer of 22nd Century Group.

"Because nicotine lives at the core of both the problem and the solution to the question of addiction, addressing the addictive levels of nicotine in combustible cigarettes must be part of the FDA's strategy for addressing the devastating, addiction crisis that is threatening American families", Gottlieb said in a statement.

By tying the two issues - lowering nicotine in traditional cigarettes and regulating e-cigarettes - Gottlieb hoped to unite all sides who are opposed to conventional cigarettes while also allaying their fears on e-cigs.

The FDA is looking to reduce nicotine to non-addictive levels and XXII already has the tech and products available.

While tar and other substances make cigarette smoking a deadly habit, it's the nicotine that is considered the addictive component.

"The risk is that he is never permitted to go forward with the bold components created to reduce cigarette use, while e-cigarettes and cigars remain on the market", Myers added.

A rise in the use of electronic cigarettes among American adults is linked to a significant increase in the numbers of people quitting smoking, researchers said on Wednesday. However, the firm believes the heightened risk will weigh on the multiple for tobacco stocks going forward.

With almost 500,000 deaths attributed to tobacco use each year in the United States, the products are responsible for almost $300 billion in lost productivity and direct healthcare costs. The announcement was unexpected and this sent the shares of tobacco companies plunging down and there was a sparked praise among some public health advocates. The company has delivered a total of 22 million very low nicotine cigarettes under this NIDA contract.

The FDA was bestowed with the power to regulate nicotine levels in 2009 but the agency has not used it thus far. The WHO Advisory Note recommends a policy for limiting the sale of cigarettes to brands with a nicotine content that is not sufficient to lead to the development and/or maintenance of addiction.

It's not the nicotine in cigarettes that causes lung cancer and lung disease, but rather the other chemicals released from burning tobacco, he said.

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