FDA’s plans for low nicotine cigarettes could drive more people to vape

FDA's plans for low nicotine cigarettes could drive more people to vape

The Food and Drug Administration announced plans today to delay reviewing e-cigarettes on the market for safety — a big win for e-cig manufacturers. The agency also says it intends to look into cutting the nicotine levels in regular old cigarettes to what it calls non-addictive levels.

The move has left public health experts with mixed feelings: cutting nicotine levels in cigarettes could help curb addiction and save lives. And e-cigarettes, which heat up and vaporize liquids often containing flavors and nicotine, are generally considered less dangerous than cigarettes. But they aren’t harmless. Since vaping is a relatively new phenomenon, we don’t know what its long term effects could be. Leaving e-cigarette makers largely unregulated…

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