FDA: Reducing Nicotine in Cigarettes to Nonaddictive Levels

FDA: Reducing Nicotine in Cigarettes to Nonaddictive Levels

On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration announced that the agency is taking a new approach to nicotine, sending cigarette makers spiraling lower.

Responding to the FDA plan, Linda Bauld, deputy director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, said that while "broadly" the UK had the same level of nicotine in its cigarettes as the U.S., the organisation was not proposing to follow the administration's strategy to reduce nicotine levels.

While this may be good news for public health, it was bad news for publicly traded tobacco names, that tumbled on the news. The announcement didn't specify what level of nicotine the cigarettes would be lowered to. Bottom line We see this as an opportune entry point for longterm investors and would recommend building positions on today's broad weakness.

The FDA is attempting to strike a balance between regulation and encouraging the development of innovative tobacco products that may be less risky than cigarettes.

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Responsible for 480,000 deaths a year in the US alone, tobacco remains the number one cause of preventable diseases and deaths in the country.

The FDA plans to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes to non-addictive levels and encourage alternative, less-harmful tobacco products in a "multi-year roadmap", which is intended as a corollary to the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

"A renewed focus on nicotine can help us to achieve a world where cigarettes no longer addict future generations of our kids", Gottlieb said in a speech to staff in Silver Spring, Maryland. Cigarettes become lethal if tar and other substances are inhaled whereas nicotine is a tobacco that makes them addictive. The agency recognizes that vaping is not a risk-free activity - what is? - but is resisting the curious efforts of some anti-smoking crusaders to kill the vaping business. "They need to reduce it a lot", said Donny, who said regulators should consider a 95 to 97 per cent reduction. Studies have shown that most cigarette smokers start as teens, and the FDA wants to prevent them from getting addicted in the first place, potentially stemming rates of lung disease. It will also explore the role of e - cigarettes in reducing harm from smoking.

In addition, the FDA is delaying implementation of last year's rules on cigars and electronic cigarettes now on the market until 2021 and 2022, respectively. And the Proposition 56 "tobacco tax" hike passed by voters a year ago also contained an equivalent tax on e-cigarettes, which do not contain any tobacco.

"It's important to understand that any proposed rule such as a nicotine product standard must be based on science and evidence, must not lead to unintended consequences and must be technically achievable", the company said in a statement.

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