FDA Begins Push to Cut Addictive Nicotine in Cigarettes

Federal health officials take first step to drastically cut nicotine levels in cigarettes.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials took the first step Thursday to slash levels of addictive nicotine in cigarettes, an unprecedented move designed to help smokers quit and prevent future generations from getting hooked.

The Food and Drug Administration floated the proposal last summer, but provided new details in a government filing on the potential impact of drastically cutting nicotine from cigarettes, by as much as 80 percent.

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