There will be a reduction in the nicotine content of cigarettes sold in the United States.
President Joe Biden’s administration has the goal of drastically reducing cancer mortality.
And the White House on Tuesday outlined strategies to achieve that objective.
The tobacco industry, also, on the other hand, is likely to fight this legislation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Smoking is still the biggest cause of mortality in the United States, killing 480,000 people a year (CDC).
Tobacco products contain nicotine, a highly addictive “feel good” substance.
Tobacco companies are calling for a new product standard from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
That would set a maximum nicotine content for cigarettes and “finish” other tobacco products.
The FDA Commissioner, Dr. Robert M. Califf.
Suggested that making cigarettes and other combusted tobacco products less addictive or non-addictive will save lives.
He noted also that reducing nicotine levels may reduce the risk that young people may get hooked to cigarettes and assist existing smokers stop.
In 2020, 30.8 million Americans will smoke.
According to the US Surgeon General, 87% of adult smokers start smoking before the age of 18.
As part of Biden’s Cancer Moonshot campaign earlier this year.
The government established a target of decreasing cancer mortality rates by at least 50% over the next 25 years.
There is a possibility that the FDA, which is in charge of regulating tobacco products.
Might take up to a year before issuing any suggested rules.
The tobacco industry may possibly fight a final regulation in court because of the large product change.
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