The Food and Drug Administration is proposing to cap the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to make them less addictive. Gerald Herbert/AP
The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it wants to sharply reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes. The idea is to help wean millions of smokers off their deadly habit and prevent millions more from becoming regular smokers in the first place.
“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,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.
“Given their combination of toxicity, addictiveness, prevalence, and effect on non-users, it’s clear that to maximize