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Embracing Harm Reduction, FDA Gives E-Cigarette Industry a Regulatory Reprieve

Embracing Harm Reduction, FDA Gives E-Cigarette Industry a Regulatory Reprieve

The Food and Drug Administration says it will explore plans to make cigarettes less addictive.

While the FDA's exertion is probably going to be vigorously restricted by cigarette creators, for example, Altria Group Inc. also, British American Tobacco Plc, the move by the office is gone for one of the U.S's. The agency said it may also regulate "kid-appealing flavors" in e-cigarettes and cigars and wants to encourage "new products that may be less unsafe than cigarettes". Cigarette smoke, he said, not nicotine, is what causes cancer, heart disease and lung disease. However, the FDA views these regulations as a way to encourage development of innovative tobacco products that may be less risky than cigarettes.

Under the new timeline, the FDA said, makes of cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah tobacco would have until August 8, 2021, to submit applications.

E-cigarettes allow users to choose the nicotine strength of their product.

Other e-cigarette regulations, such as a ban on the sale of the devices to minors, will remain in place. Tobacco kills more than 480,000 people a year in the U.S. and costs society nearly $300 billion annually in medical costs and lost productivity.

"Although the announcement's timing was unexpected this morning, we've longed believed the FDA taking a more comprehensive approach toward nicotine was a natural next step", Herzog said.

However, smoking in the United States is at an all-time low, with just 15 percent of adults still lighting up.

The FDA finalized rules in May 2016 to give the agency the authority to regulate cigars and e-cigarettes for the first time under the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

As part of a series of new regulatory efforts to try to limit the harmful effects of tobacco, the agency plans to try to cut nicotine levels in cigarettes significantly.

The FDA's official media release specifically mentions that the agency plans on developing product standards to "protect against known public health risks, such as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) battery issues and concerns about children's exposure to liquid nicotine".

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