Even 8 out of 10 smokers think that cigarettes should have LESS nicotine to make them non-addictive, finds say
- On average, a single flammable cigarette contains 10.2 mg nicotine per gram of tobacco – but this varies greatly per product of each brand
- Currently, the US Food and Drug Administration does not specifically close nicotine
- A new CDC study among more than 4,000 adults found that Americans – even 8 out of 10 smokers – want less nicotine in cigarettes
- The FDA proposed a rule to introduce a nicotine limit and other cigarette regulations in March, which is now open for comment
The vast majority of adults in the US would like to see cigarettes contain less nicotine, including 81 percent of smokers.
That's music for the FDA ears (Food and Drug Administration), as it proposed a new rule in March to limit nicotine in flammable cigarettes to & # 39; non-addictive & # 39; levels.
From 2017, more than 34 million American adults smoked, but nearly 70 percent of them wanted to quit.
Nicotine is perhaps not the most harmful cigarette ingredient for overall health, but it is the person responsible for the addictive quality of tobacco, and the FDA hopes that by pulling a hard limit, 8.5 million lives can be saved by 2100.
The FDA is considering placing a nicotine cap in flammable cigarettes to place the ingredient on & # 39; non-addictive & # 39; maintain levels – and more than 80 percent of smokers who are never present or old support lowering content
Due to the deadly consequences of smoking and the public health campaigns against cigarettes, the number of smokers has fallen to a low point.
& # 39; We have made significant progress over the past half century in reducing cigarette smoking through the implementation of proven, population-based strategies & # 39 ;, said Dr. Brian King, deputy director of research translation at the agency for smoking and health of CDC.
Nevertheless, regulation of tobacco products in the US is loose and tolerant compared to most peer nations.
The Food and Drug Administration supervises and instructs which ingredients can be included in an American cigarette, how it is made, labeled and sold.
But it stops prescribing how much nicotine, sugar, ammonia, tobacco or other ingredients in cigarettes can be sold in the US.
The result is a wide range of nicotine levels from cigarettes to cigarettes.
At the end of the spectrum, according to a 2017 report, there are Doral cigarettes containing 7.6 mg nicotine.
Newports, on the other hand, contained no less than 13.4 mg nicotine.
The FDA wants to level the playing field and regulate nicotine levels for both flammable and electronic cigarettes as part of the proposed March 2018 regulatory implementation.
HOW MANY NICOTINE IS BRANDS IN POPULAR CIGARETTES?
The nicotine content of cigarettes is currently not regulated in the US and varies enormously.
For example, one cigarette of the following brands contains:
- Doral Ultra Lights – 7.6 mg nicotine
- Marlboro Lights – 10.6 mg nicotine
- Virginia Slims – 10.5 mg nicotine
- Marlboro full flavors – 10.9 mg nicotine
- Camel Lights – 10.3 mg nicotine
- Camel Full Flavors – 9.5 mg nicotine
- Newport Full Flavors – 13.4 mg nicotine
- A Juul pod – a package of 20 nicotine for cigarettes, between 152 and 268 mg nicotine
The proposal came four years after the former surgeon general named reducing high-addictive nicotine levels in cigarettes as a top priority for combating smoking, which is still responsible for 480,000 deaths a year in the US.
One study estimated that if it were transposed into the current law, the FDA proposal would distract 33 million people from smoking, and prevent as many as 8.5 people from smoking from developing and developing die from smoking-related diseases.
& # 39; Reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes can help current smokers quit and make it less likely that future generations will become addicted to these products & # 39 ;, said Dr. King.
The FDA has not yet determined which nicotine content would be acceptable, but promises to be the & # 39; best science & # 39; will apply that is available for his decision.
So far, that science has suggested that 0.5 mg nicotine per cigarette or fewer are candidate content levels for & # 39; non-addictive & # 39; to smoke.
Regardless of the level of the FDA, the new CDC report suggests that Americans generally prefer lower nicotine levels.
The new survey, conducted by 4,037 Americans over 18, found that 81 percent of people who had never smoked, 81 percent of current smokers, and 84 percent of former smokers were all in favor of making nicotine content lower, so that cigarettes would be less addictive.
& # 39; Cigarettes and other flammable tobacco products are responsible for the overwhelming burden of tobacco death and disease in the United States & # 39 ;, said Dr. Corinne Graffunder, director of the CDC's Smoking and Health Agency.
& # 39; Reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes can help current smokers quit and make it less likely that future generations will become addicted to these products. & # 39;
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