FDA Targets Nicotine Levels in Tobacco

Marcus Newton
July 29, 2017

Smoking has always been the leading cause of preventable premature death and illness in the USA, and is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths a year.

"Unless we change course, 5.6 million children alive today will die prematurely later in life from tobacco use", warns FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb. Greatest reasons for a preventable ailment, which the FDA says is in charge of 480,000 passing's a year and also several billions of dollars in medical expenses and lost profitability.

For e-cigarettes, the agency extended the deadline by up to four years, and up to three years for cigar companies, to comply with a 2016 rule that gave the FDA oversight over the products, giving them more time on the market without regulation.

Analysts said that the move was a game-changer for the industry.

The smoking rate in the U.S.is falling.

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"The FDA intends to start an open discourse about bringing down nicotine levels in ignitable cigarettes to non-addictive levels through achievable item models", the organization said in the declaration.

Nicotine will now be at the center of the Food and Drug Administration's effort to regulate tobacco, the agency said, announcing that it will aim to lower the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to a level that will help curb addiction.

Under the new timeline, the FDA said, makes of cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah tobacco would have until August 8, 2021, to submit applications. This costly process would, in practice, have resulted in the near complete elimination of harm-reduction tools like e-cigarettes from the market.

FDA claimed nicotine is most harmful when delivered through smoke particles in combustible cigarettes and that less harmful products like e-cigarettes should be explored.

According to the FDA, 90 percent of smokers had their first cigarette before they turned 18 years old and 2,500 kids try their first cigarette every day. Tobacco companies will without a doubt fight the FDA's attempts to lower nicotine levels and the other new regulations on cigarettes in the works. Shares of Gillia tumbled 7% while British American Tobacco (BTI - Free Report) stock plunged 9%.

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