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16 March 2018, 01:13 | Rodolfo Quinn
The FDA Is Making Major Moves Against the Cigarette Industry
Earlier today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed a plan to regulate tobacco production by stripping cigarettes of their highly-addictive nicotine properties to nonaddictive levels.
"Today's milestone places us on the road to achieving one of the biggest public health victories by saving millions of lives", Gottlieb said, adding that he had asked for input about the potential, unforeseen consequences of the rule change as part of the process, NBC News reported.
The Dartmouth researchers pulled data from a variety of national surveys of health and tobacco use to calculate how many years of life are gained or lost from e-cigarette use.
Within five years, another eight million fewer people would smoke, and by 2060, the smoking rate in the United States could drop to 1.4 percent, down from its present level of 15 percent, said the report.
'E-cigarettes will likely cause more public health harm than public health benefit unless ways can be found to substantially decrease the number of adolescents and young adults who vape and increase the number of smokers who use e-cigarettes to successfully quit smoking, ' Soneji said.
The FDA does not have the authority to ban tobacco-based products, but since it was given some powers by Congress in 2009, it has moved gradually to impose some limits of tobacco sales and marketing.
The lead researcher told Daily Mail Online that about two in three e-cigarette users on to try traditional cigarettes, leading to long-term use for one in three users that shaves an average of 10 years off their lifespan.
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Cigarette smoke can also kill people who don't even smoke themselves, Gottlieb noted.
The FDA didn't give a sense of how long the regulatory process will ultimately take.
No other countries have proposed reducing nicotine in cigarettes, according to Matthew Myers, who is president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the Post reported.
"We must make it possible for current adult smokers who still seek nicotine to get it from alternative and less harmful sources", he said.
At the start of the study, participants were typically in their 40s, and about 19,000 of them were current smokers.
Tobacco executives from Altria and R.J. Reynolds expressed interest in the FDA proposal and vowed to work closely with the agency on what is expected to be a process lasting several years.
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