The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced plans to lower the permissible level of nicotine in cigarettes to “non-addictive” levels, and is asking the public to comment.
The agency issued an “advance notice of proposed rulemaking” and wants comments by June 14, 2018. It especially wants submissions of relevant scientific data or research.
“We envision the potential circumstance where nicotine levels in cigarettes do not spur or sustain addiction for some portion of potential smokers,” the FDA said. “This could give addicted users the choice and ability to quit more easily, and it could help to prevent experimenters (mainly youth) from initiating regular use and becoming regular smokers.”