Your cigarette addiction may soon go up in smoke.
The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it wants to lower the nicotine levels in cigarettes to “non-addictive” levels.
More than 35 million people smoke in the United States — an all-time low of 15% of the population — and more than 480,000 die from it, statistics show.
Victims don’t die from nicotine, the addictive substance in tobacco, but from the tar and other pollutants in the smoke. And that’s what’s motivating the FDA, agency Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement Friday.