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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