Nixing the Nicotine

A US FDA proposal to reduce nicotine to nonaddictive levels in cigarettes could prevent up to 8 million tobacco-related deaths over time, said FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb.
 
Still the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the US, smoking claims 480,000 American lives annually—an unacceptable number, Gottlieb told a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health panel to discuss the FDA proposal last Thursday.
 
Panelist Kenneth Warner from the University of Michigan said the move could prove to be “one of the great public health developments of the past half century or more”—but tobacco industry opposition will likely be intense.

Jackie Powder, Global Health NOW

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