ICYMI: August 4, 2017

Published on August 4, 2017

Updated on November 1, 2019


Feature Story

FDA aims to lower nicotine in cigarettes to get smokers to quit

WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2017 (The Washington Post) —  The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it wants to reduce the nicotine in cigarettes to make them less addictive. The unexpected announcement sent shares of tobacco companies plummeting and sparked praise among some public health advocates.

If successful, the effort would be the first time the government has tried to get the Americans to quit cigarettes by reaching beyond warning labels or taxes to attacking the actual addictive substance inside.

NOTE: You can read the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s full response to the FDA announcement here.

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