There was big news coming out of the tobacco industry last week when the Food and Drug Administration announced to the world they were aiming to reduce the nicotine in cigarettes to a nonaddictive level.
The head of the Food and Drug Administration mentioned that if cigarettes were eradicated, it would prevent the needless deaths of near enough 500,000 per year in the United States due to nicotine addiction.
He went on to say making cigarettes nonaddictive by reducing the amount of nicotine in tobacco products was the main aspect in approaching tobacco regulation. This is great news for tobacco legislation and the fight to stop nicotine addiction. Most people who smoke for many years are addicted as nicotine works in the way of rewiring the brain in driving smokers to keep smoking. It’s not also helped by the fact that that smoking causes cancer due to the chemicals from the smoke.
Under the plan, the levels of nicotine in cigarettes would be so low that it would be near enough impossible for new smokers to become addicted. It would so low that people wouldn’t be able to extract enough nicotine to become addicted or sustain it.
President Barack Obama passed the Tobacco Control Act in 2009 that enables the F.D.A to set maximum tobacco levels in cigarettes but it can’t ban tobacco products or remove nicotine altogether. The wonderful thing about this is that the government organisation could force tobacco firms to reduce nicotine up to 99%.
Nicotine firms could still sell their products in other forms such as lozenges, sticks or e-cigarettes and people could still have access to buying cigarettes but what would be different is that quitting would be much easier.
It’s important that the F.D.A and tobacco firms work together to implement this plan to cut the needless deaths from the effect of smoking.
At Anne Penman, we applaud the action and we are 100% behind anything that helps smokers but also understand that for many people the habit is as much of a struggle as the addiction to nicotine so it’s important to keep that in mind as we often treat people who become addicted to low dose nicotine patches too.
Our Stop Smoking Programme can help you go smoke free for good without using the likes of nicotine patches. The 3 stage process of laser therapy, counselling and ongoing support can finally enable you to kick the habit for good.
Please get in touch with us via the contact form if you would like to go smoke free.