FDA plans to slash levels of addictive nicotine in cigarettes, a new step designed to help smokers quit and accelerate a move toward new smoking technology.
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday took the first action to make cigarettes less addictive.
Currently, the cigarettes include nicotine at different levels and naturally occur in tobacco plants. While considering the law, the FDA can regulate nicotine although it cannot remove it completely.
Last summer, the FDA introduced the proposal that it wants to cut nicotine levels in cigarettes, by as much as 80 percent.
And now, Thursday’s move is called an advance notice of proposed rule-making which declared that public has 90 days to comment on questions about the proposal and what should be the maximum level.
It looks like, the decision to cut the nicotine levels would be known as first in global efforts to reduce smoking-related deaths.
FDA says the U.S. smoking rate could fall from the current 15 percent to 1.4 percent by 2060. The organization also revealed that about 5 million adult smokers would quit smoking within one year of implementing limits.
“We look forward to working with FDA on its science-based review of nicotine levels in cigarettes and to build on the opportunity of establishing a regulatory framework that is based on tobacco harm reduction and recognizes the continuum of risk,” said James Figlar, executive vice president for research and development for Reynolds America.
FDA has not mentioned more information about how long the regulatory process will ultimately take. But the agency said that it will issue another notice on the regulation of premium cigars.