FDA eyes nico­tine lev­els in cig­a­rettes

The Maui News - - TODAY’S PEOPLE -

For the first time, the fed­eral govern­ment is propos­ing cut­ting the nico­tine level in cig­a­rettes so they aren’t so ad­dic­tive.

U.S. Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion chief Scott Got­tlieb on Fri­day directed the agency’s staff to de­velop new reg­u­la­tions

on nico­tine. The FDA has had the power since 2009 to reg­u­late nico­tine lev­els but hasn’t done so. Stocks of cig­a­rette mak­ers plunged af­ter the an­nounce­ment.

As part of the new strat­egy, the FDA is giv­ing e-cig­a­rette mak­ers four more years to com­ply with a re­view of prod­ucts al­ready on the mar­ket, Got­tlieb said. The agency in­tends to write rules that bal­ance safety with e-cig­a­rettes’ role in

help­ing smok­ers quit, he said.

“A re­newed fo­cus on nico­tine can help us to achieve a world where cig­a­rettes no longer ad­dict fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of our kids,” Got­tlieb said in a speech to staff in Sil­ver Spring, Md.

Tar and other sub­stances in­haled through smok­ing make cig­a­rettes deadly, but the nico­tine in tobacco is what makes them ad­dic­tive.

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