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Cigarette butts are discarded in an ashtray outside a New York office building, Friday, April 7, 2017. (AP Photo, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The FDA hopes to make cigarette smoking non-addictive


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday announced it plans on working to make cigarette smoking non-addictive.

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced a new comprehensive plan for tobacco and nicotine regulation that will serve as a multi-year roadmap to better protect kids and significantly reduce tobacco-related disease and death,” it said in a statement.

“The approach places nicotine, and the issue of addiction, at the center of the agency’s tobacco regulation efforts,” the agency added.

“The FDA plans to begin a public dialogue about lowering nicotine levels in combustible cigarettes to non-addictive levels through achievable product standards.”

Some Twitter users on Friday praised the FDA’s new move to regulate cigarette smoking, which has helped make tobacco use the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. and globally.

Other people on the social media platform criticized the news as an attempt at restricting individuals from smoking cigarettes.

The FDA’s statement said it intends to issue an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM).

The ANPRM would seek input on the potential societal health benefits and the possible negative health impacts from reducing nicotine in cigarettes.

Bloomberg reported Friday that several major tobacco companies saw their stock shares drop following the FDA’s announcement.

Altria shares reportedly dropped as much as 19 percent, while British American Tobacco’s stock sank as much as 14 percent.

Tobacco purportedly kills more than 480,000 people in the U.S. annually and it costs its society about $30 billion each year in medical costs and lost productivity.

Roughly 90 percent of cigarette users begin smoking before age 18, according to Business Insider, with long-term use killing half of those life-long users.

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