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Lowering nicotine in cigarettes
- By: Mallika Marshall, MD, Contributing Editor
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Mallika, I lost my mom from cancer due to smoking and I was a smoker for over 20 years before I was finally able to quit for good after countless attempts to quit so I can relate that´s why I started to blog about the dangers of smoking
IT´s not only the nicotine, a cigarette has insane amount of chemicals that make smokers addictive and can cause cancers.
I am glad that smoking has decreased in most developed countries but young people are still lighting up with vaping or just plain cigarettes, I blame Hollywood as they make many lead actors smoke like its cool.
Look into 22nd Century Group. They were mentioned in the ANPRM. I believe they have the tech the FDA is looking to use in the imminent mandate of nicotine reduction.
Huge confusion since the first part between nicotine (not addictive, but, like coffee, habit forming) and tobacco smoke (can be addictive, causes diseases after some decades of smoking).
If nicotine was addictive, people would die from using it in patches or gums (proven safe for longterm use) and, well, it would sell better and people would try to get stronger/faster nicotine (like inhaling/injecting liquid nicotine without smoke).
Building a prohibition plan (going farther than cigarettes) without planning for “unintended consequences” is simply irresponsible, but isn’t it the FDA way (like refusing for decades lower *risks* products and opposing most credible solutions for the smokers to live longer). Didn’t all the other prohibition failure teach something ?
Mallika do you not forsee a very large black market for ‘full strength’ not neutered cigarettes?
This is surely one of a number of unintended consequences that will exist if this policy advances
Existing smokers are a very resourceful group who will presumably not just lie down and accept this without question
Neither me nor my wife smoke. We’ve always steered our children not to do and now their all grown up and clean of it.
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