December 20, 2017

Say hello to nonaddictive cigarettes?

From: Scientific American

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By Dina Fine Maron


  1. Say hello to nonaddictive cigarettes? Imagine buying a pack of smokes so light on nicotine that they are unlikely to create addiction. They would still have all the flavorings, chemicals and additives of old, yet they would have extremely low levels of the core ingredient that helps fuel smokers’ attachment to cigarettes at a chemical level. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says such a change would help tamp down smoking rates that kill more than 480,000 people in the U.S. each year. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has said his agency is taking its first step toward that future. By the end of this year, he has said, it will release a formal request for public input on lowering nicotine in cigarettes. That document is currently with the Office of Management and Budget for review, and will then be published in the Federal Register.

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