31 Jul United states : the FDA wants less nicotine in the cigarettes
Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the u.s. federal agency responsible for protecting the public health advocates to reduce the level of nicotine in cigarettes in order to mitigate the risk of addiction.
Kick tobacco to Wall Street. Altria (Marlboro), British American Tobacco (Camel, Lucky Strike), and Vector Group have fallen on Friday in the stock Exchange after the announcement of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The u.s. federal agency responsible for protecting the public health by controlling the safety of food, tobacco, and drugs, advocates reducing the level of nicotine in cigarettes, and in order to mitigate the risk of addiction is inherent to this product.
The FDA will change its strategy in the fight against smoking with a “comprehensive plan of regulation” stipulating, in particular, to reconsider the role of the aromas, which attract the young, and especially encourage the development of “new tobacco products” less hazardous than cigarettes. “The overwhelming number of deaths and diseases related to smoking is caused by addiction to cigarettes, the only legal consumer product that kills half of all long-term users,” said Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the FDA.
Turn of the screw
Before proceeding with a turn of the screw in the regulation of tobacco products, the FDA announced that it was beginning a public dialogue on the decrease in the level of nicotine, and that it would publish promptly guidelines on the implementation of this plan. A way to think that the addictive nature of nicotine is, in itself, harmful.
The tobacco industry have all welcomed this “significant step” in the development of a new policy of regulating tobacco fighting against his misdeeds. But the lobbyists for tobacco companies are on a war footing to defend their industry. Several voices are raised already about the risk of encouraging indirectly the black market. Other welcome the fact that the electronic cigarettes are beyond the scope of the plan. These will be reviewed in 2022. In 2021, it will be the turn of cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah