FDA moves on nicotine levels in combustibles, while leaving e-cigs alone

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week took a step closer to regulating nicotine levels in combustible cigarettes, but excluded vapour products from its proposals and indeed predicted that a low-nicotine regime might encourage more smokers toward electronic alternatives.

The federal agency is issuing an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) entitled Tobacco Product Standard for Nicotine Level of Combusted Cigarettes, in which it outlines its thinking on dramatically reducing the nicotine content of combustibles – possibly as low as 0.3-0.5 mg/g, against a typical 15.8 mg/g for normal-strength cigarettes today.

The ANPRM is confined to combustible products, and indeed the FDA says that if a low-nicotine regime were enacted, “former smokers that choose to switch completely to a potentially less harmful nicotine delivery product (e.g., ENDS) to maintain their nicotine dose also would, to the extent that those products result in less harm, significantly reduce their risk of tobacco-related death and disease”.

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Barnaby Page

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Before joining ECigIntelligence in early 2014 as one of its first employees, Barnaby had a 30-year career as a reporter and editor for newspapers, magazines and online services, working in Canada, the US and the Middle East as well as his current British location. He has edited publications covering fields including technology and the advertising industry, and was launch editor of the first large daily online news service in the British regional media. Barnaby also writes on classical music and film for a number of publications. Barnaby manages the editorial and reporting teams and works closely with the analyst teams, to ensure that all content meets high standards of quality and relevance. He also writes for the site occasionally, mostly on science-related issues, and is a member of the Association of British Science Writers.

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