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Friday, January 25, 2013

Support for Cigarette Nicotine Reduction

Cigarettes and nicotine products alike affect more Americans than any other substance after alcohol. There are a number of Americans who support a reduction of nicotine levels, according to a new survey conducted, and the numbers are staggering with almost half in favor, HealthDay reports.

Almost 47 percent of U.S. adults would support a move by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes, according to the survey. Strangely, the FDA has long had the authority to minimize nicotine levels, but has been reluctant, the article pointed out.

About 16 percent of those surveyed opposed FDA regulation of nicotine levels, while almost 38 percent had no opinion. Researchers suggest that decreasing nicotine in cigarettes could reduce the number of young people who start smoking, and also may make it easier to quit smoking.

“Nicotine reduction could be a promising tool to protect the population from the harm and death caused by tobacco products,” study lead author Jennifer Pearson of the Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies at the Legacy Foundation said in a news release. “This study shows us that such measures could be acceptable to a large number of Americans.”

Smokers who are considering quitting are more likely to support government regulation of nicotine levels than those who are not thinking about giving up cigarettes, the survey found.

Support for nicotine reduction was highest among:
  • Hispanics
  • African Americans
  • People With Less than a High School Education

The findings are published in the American Journal of Public Health.

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