Feds Aim to Lower Nicotine Levels in Cigarettes
In a historic move, the U.S. government is looking to cut nicotine level in cigarettes. At the same time, the Food and Drug Administration is giving e-cigarette makers something of a break, allowing them several more years to comply with a federal review of e-tobacco products that are already available to consumers.
"A renewed focus on nicotine can help us to achieve a world where cigarettes no longer addict future generations of our kids," FDA chief Scott Gottlieb said. Tobacco use results in more than 480,000 deaths annually, and is the leading cause of preventable heart disease, cancer, and death in the United States. While tar and other chemicals and substances inhaled by smokers are what make cigarettes so lethal, it's nicotine that makes cigarettes so addictive.
Some smoking experts welcomed the FDA's announcement, but the president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Matthew Myers, said that giving e-cigarette manufacturers a four-year pass on complying with strong federal regulations is "a serious error."