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FDA plans to reduce nicotine in cigarettes

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: (Published 29 June 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1606
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

The US Food and Drug Administration has announced that it plans to establish a maximum level of nicotine in cigarettes. Reducing nicotine will reduce the addictive potential of cigarettes, it said.1

To implement the policy the FDA must first develop a “proposed product standard” to establish the maximum level of nicotine in cigarettes. It announced its plan to do so in a government document outlining planned regulatory actions.2 This process may take a year, after which the FDA will have to consider public comments and issue a final rule, which is likely to …

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