Study could help FDA lower nicotine levels in cigarettes

07/31/2013 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

A University of Pittsburgh study funded by the FDA Center for Tobacco Products could provide the necessary data for the agency to set lower levels of nicotine in cigarettes to make them less addictive. "What's been found so far is that when people are given low-nicotine cigarettes, they do seem to reduce the number of cigarettes that they smoke," said Dorothy Hatsukami, director of the University of Minnesota's Tobacco Research Programs, who is working on the study. Research like this will help build a case for the agency to exercise its new authority in the future, the American Cancer Society's Thomas J. Glynn said.

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