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FDA Considering Maximum Nicotine Levels for Cigarettes

Friday, March 16, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Food and Drug Administration is considering the issuance of a tobacco product standard that would set a maximum nicotine level in cigarettes so that they are minimally addictive or non-addictive. The FDA is therefore seeking comments, evidence, and other information on the following issues by June 16.

- whether the standard should cover any or all of the following products: combusted cigarettes (including kreteks and bidis), cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, some or all cigars, pipe tobacco, and waterpipe tobacco

- what maximum nicotine level would be appropriate, how this level should be measured, and how the threshold of nicotine addiction should be measured

- whether the maximum nicotine level should be reduced all at once or gradually over time

- whether a product standard should specify a method for manufacturers to use to detect the level of nicotine in their products

- technical achievability and costs of compliance

- whether illicit trade could occur as a result of a standard and how that could impact the marketplace

- economic impacts of a potential standard

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