Is It Time to Limit Nicotine Levels in Cigarettes?
The Food and Drug Administration should use the expanded powers given to it by Congress and crackdown on the level of nicotine in cigarettes, argues David Kessler, former head of the FDA during the Clinton administration. Kessler, who tried to regulate the cigarette industry in the 1990s, only to be blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court, claims the FDA could “save 200,000 to 300,000 lives a year” if it reduced nicotine quantities to the point where people no longer could become addicted to cigarettes. Although regulators can’t ban cigarettes or nicotine altogether, they can reduce the drug’s quantity in each cigarette from 10 milligrams to less than one.
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