FDA Proposes Lowering Amount Of Nicotine In Cigarettes | NBC Nightly News

imagine lighting up with little or no risk of getting hooked that's behind the FDA's proposal to dramatically lower nicotine the addictive ingredient in cigarettes by regulating the nicotine and reducing it to levels that are minimally are non addictive you can help break that cycle of addiction to tobacco commissioner Gottlieb points to a study in today's New England Journal of Medicine that says cutting nicotine in cigarettes could save 8 million lives by the end of the century this is the most dangerous legal product on the market and it's one of the it's the only product that if used as intended it's going to kill half of its users cutting nicotine may also reduce the nearly 300 billion dollars in health care and lost productivity cigarettes cost the economy every year and stop teen smokers from becoming adult smokers this could completely change the future history of teen tobacco use if adopted kids who experiment will no longer become addicted yet the FDA concedes there could be pitfalls such as creating a black market for higher nicotine cigarettes still from the tobacco companies surprisingly little pushback Philip Morris USA maker of Marlboro and Virginia Slims says its parent company has already been preparing for any reasonable potential standard and they will participate in the process a process that's expected to take more than a year Ann Thompson NBC News New York NBC News fans thanks for checking out our YouTube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch the latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusives thanks for watching


  1. This FDA commissioner should be sacked, all it will do is make people smoke more to get the same nicotine after withdrawal. What they should be working on is promoting e-cigarettes, which are much safer than normal cigarettes.

  2. Of course there is no pushback from cigarette companies. Lowering nicotine means people will have to smoke more cigarettes.
    This means more profit for the cigarette companies, more tax for the government and more cancer.
    If the FDA was concerned about health they would promote safer vehicles for nicotine like chewing tobacco.

  3. I am 63 now and began smoking when I was 13. Been a 2 pack a day Marlboro Reds man. The first thing I do every morning is reach over to my nightstand and light up my first cigarette of the day. No one is gonna take my cigarettes!!!

  4. They should drop the nicotine by 5% per month for a year. These cigarette companies will just sell the same addictive cigarettes overseas in other countries where it is already more profitable.

  5. An idea from the Tobacco lobby perhaps?

  6. Yes but for current smokers they would need to smoke more cigarettes to get their 'fix' and then consequently inhale more carcinogens daily!

  7. Don't be fooled by your corrupt government or the murderous tobacco industry. Cigarette addicts will need to smoke more to satisfy the adiction. Many will take up smoking because they believe it's been made safe. This will certainly lead to a huge increase in cigarette sales and MORE deaths.

  8. So smokers can smoke more cigarettes to get our fix and therefore buy more cigarettes? Nicotine itself isn’t bad for you

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