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July 24, 2018

Very low nicotine cigarettes draw FDA spotlight, scrutiny

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Winston-Salem Journal – The nicotine levels of traditional cigarettes are in the spotlight as the Food and Drug Administration prepares to decide whether to further tighten regulations on the products.

The FDA has said it will pursue any nicotine product standard “using the best available science to determine a level that is appropriate for the protection of the public health.”

The FDA is considering levels as low as 0.3 to 0.5 milligrams of nicotine per gram — which would reduce the nicotine yield by up to 97 percent.

A public comment period ended July 16 with the FDA receiving 7,728 submissions on its advanced notice on proposed rule-making. It is not clear when the next FDA step will occur.

Among those making comments were affiliates of the Big Three tobacco manufacturers: Altria Client Services, RAI Services Co., and ITG Brands LLC.

Read more at Winston-Salem Journal.

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