That’s what Scott Gottlieb, MD, FDA commissioner, calls cigarette smoking. If you saw the news recently you heard how the FDA will take steps to reduce the amounts of nicotine in cigarettes. Good thing, since cigarette smoking is the number one preventable cause of disability and death in this country. Interestingly, they are not going after E cigarettes, which some believe are just as bad as regular cigarettes. The FDA believes if they leave E cigarettes alone for now they can tackle the bigger issues. In other words, they are choosing their battles. E cigarettes have become very popular. They do provide a way for people to stop using cigarettes, which is a good thing. For now, it’s best to leave them be.
At any rate, the FDA has a comprehensive plan that includes promoting nicotine replacement therapies and determining how flavors such as menthol contribute to use of nicotine products. The ultimate goal is to prevent young people from starting a bad habit which follows them through life.
I think the FDA is on the right track. They have published some statistics in the New England Journal of Medicine that predict a dramatic reduction in smoking if the plan is followed. It will take a while to implement, but it should work.
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https://www.fda.gov/…/News…/PressAnnouncements/ucm601039.htmStatement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on pivotal public health step to dramatically reduce smoking rates by lowering nicotine in combustible cigarettes to minimally or non-addictive levels