R Street Institute applauds new FDA comprehensive tobacco and nicotine announcement

The FDA said it plans to'begin a public dialogue about lowering nicotine to non-addictive levels

FDAToday the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it is giving manufacturers of electronic cigarettes until August 8, 2022, to apply for approval of their products under regulations announced a year ago, which were widely expected to drive most companies out of business. It also gives the FDA more time to establish the means for regulating e-cigarettes. Cigarette smoke, he said, not nicotine, is what causes cancer, heart disease and lung disease.

The FDA gained oversight of tobacco products in 2009 through the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

The deadline for submitting marketing applications for newly regulated combustible products (cigars, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco) that were commercially available as of August 8, 2016 has been extended to August 8, 2021.

The FDA's official media release specifically mentions that the agency plans on developing product standards to "protect against known public health risks, such as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) battery issues and concerns about children's exposure to liquid nicotine".

The FDA points to the 480,000 deaths each year in the United States caused by tobacco, saying it's the leading cause in preventable diseases and deaths.

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The FDA says it is looking into the potential public health benefits and any possible adverse effects of lowering nicotine in cigarettes.

USA smoking rates have been falling for decades.

Among those measures are further development of new tobacco products that are less risky than cigarettes, as will as considering whether or not it is wise to have menthol and other flavored tobacco products. In contrast, an e-cigarette can contain anywhere between zero milligrams and 42 milligrams of nicotine. The agency also highlighted "substantial costs to society", namely almost $300 billion in direct health care costs and lost productivity each year.

Vector Group, maker of Pyramid and Liggett Select, was down five percent, while in London British American Tobacco had fallen close to seven percent. Nearly 90% of adult smokers started smoking before the age of 18 and 2,500 youths have their first cigarette every day, the agency said.

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