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FDA planning to cut nicotine levels in cigarettes, read to know how it's going to benefit the public
We all know that nicotine in cigarettes is harmful and keep wondering why the government does not take any action against companies that manufacture cigarettes!

Well, we may be a step in the right direction is soon coming. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States of America has announced that it is gong ahead with plans of sharply reducing the amount of nicotine present in cigarettes.

Once the United States takes the lead, other countries usually follow suit. In a statement issued by the FDA, it has said that smoking still is the reason behind about 4,80,000 deaths in the United States every year and that this step is to reduce that number considerably by making people less addicted to nicotine.

"Despite years of aggressive efforts to tackle the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, tobacco use — largely cigarette smoking — still kills more than 480,000 Americans every single year," the statement issued by FDA Commissioner reads.

While the amount of nicotine that will be reduced in the cigarettes has not been announced yet and neither the dates have been announced by when the action will be in place, it's still welcome step given the tough fight FDA has had with the tobacco industry. In terms of what the FDA wants to achieve, it has made it clear that it aims to make cigarettes "minimally addictive or non-addictive by setting a maximum nicotine level."

Even in July, the FDA had made such an announcement but with no specific targets or action, however, the recent announcement seems to be a concrete step towards materialising the plan of reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes.

If put in place, it could save millions of lives throughout the world that are being destroyed by addiction to nicotine. In the statement as well, the FDA has accepted that if the steps are implemented, it will result in increasing the number of people who quit smoking (in US) by around 5 million in just one year. Also, the smoking rate would fall down from the present 15 per cent to 1.4 per cent.

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