The Food and Drug Administration is moving to lower the amount of nicotine in cigarettes, making them less addictive. FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said Thursday that the agency would propose a rule to lower nicotine in cigarettes to "minimally or non-addictive levels."
Gottlieb said that the step could help avoid "millions of tobacco-related deaths across the country." According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15 percent of U.S. adults still smoke and tobacco use kills more than 480-thousand Americans every year.
Gottlieb said it also results in nearly $300-billion a year in health care costs and lost worker productivity.