Friday, 28 July 2017

FDA wants to make cigarettes non-addictive

quote [ The agency intends to reduce the amount of nicotine allowed in traditional combustion cigarettes with the goal of making them “non-addictive.” ]

I'm all for this if it means I never have to smell cigarette smoke again.

It seems to me that if cigarettes contain less nicotine, smokers will simply smoke more cigarettes to get their fix. That will only make smokers die faster.

On the other hand, young people who start smoking won't become addicted and will be able to quit whenever they want.

If, however, cigarettes only contain negligible amounts of nicotine, smokers will never get their fix no matter how much they smoke. They won't get any nicotine in their bodies and they'll lose their addiction.
[SFW] [health] [+1]
[by mechanical contrivance@7:58pmGMT]

Comments

rezties said @ 8:17pm GMT on 28th Jul [Score:1 Insightful]
Lowering the nicotine just raises the everything-else, by ratio, whether it's tar, or cyanide or whatever they're throwing in there, when current addicts have to smoke more.

People will start to switch to hand-packed cigarettes more; smoke shops may make a craft-beer style resurgence. ...It'll still be healthier than the brand names, if it's exclusively nicotine. It'll be a paradigm shift, but I doubt it'll be the end of cigarettes.
mechanical contrivance said @ 8:30pm GMT on 28th Jul
This might also create a market for smuggled foreign cigarettes. Teenagers will get arrested and Paul Sorvino will have to get them off the hook.
cb361 said @ 8:55pm GMT on 28th Jul
So, if we add enough nicotine, it will push out all the tar and cyanide, making cigarettes absolutely safe, but instantly addictive on your first puff?
rylex said @ 9:19pm GMT on 28th Jul
like smoking crack!
foobar said @ 5:13am GMT on 29th Jul
The end of cigarettes has already happened. You can't smoke in any indoor public places, or even apartment buildings, and it's not really socially acceptable to do it anywhere else, either.
norok said @ 8:55pm GMT on 28th Jul
And yet the FDA made a power grab last year to drastically restrict the emergence of a disruptive innovation that would make this a moot point: vaping.

At the time it seemed like they were doing it to protect the tobacco industry; from which they draw billions in revenue for state governments.

Now I don't know what their priorities are.

I also think that people miss the point of what's addictive about cigarettes and vapes... its not just the nicotine; its the fiddling.
cb361 said @ 8:57pm GMT on 28th Jul
Do you have much vaping in the US? There are lots of highstreet shops selling it over here, and many people who've taken it up. My mum has even started vaping, and she didn't smoke.
damnit said @ 9:20pm GMT on 28th Jul
It was a big enough fad, but not long lasting. Like Pokemon GO's userbase
Headlessfriar said @ 9:51pm GMT on 28th Jul
I see lots of people vaping still. Among my colleagues at work, vaping is far more common than smoking. It has been steadily for the last 4 or 5 years. And in that time, I've been at 3 different companies in 3 different states seeing the same trend toward vaping.
Dienes said @ 1:35pm GMT on 29th Jul
I see it constantly, too. Thank God the theaters in the area finally started clamping down on that.

Be interesting to see how the longitudinal research on vaping pans out. It may be better than smoking, but it certainly isn't healthy like the vapists like to claim it is.
papango said @ 12:56am GMT on 30th Jul
Vaping is hugely popular here, too. But it's banned in public buildings and workplaces, like smoking. I don't do it, but I'm in favour of it - my two main gripes about smoking are the butts on the ground and the stench. And vaping solves both of those for me. There's probably more work to do on the health side of things - cigarettes are taxed massively to pay for healthcare for smoking related illnesses - so whether or not vaping requires that to offset health costs is, I think, still up for debate.
norok said @ 12:29am GMT on 30th Jul
I vape and never smoked but was always addicted to gum. Dad, grandfather, all tobacco users. It's more of something to do when your bored, driving, etc. That's why people get addicted IMO.
rylex said @ 11:01pm GMT on 28th Jul
so by this logic, if we want smokers to smoke less then we need to increase the amount of nicotine in a cigarette.
mechanical contrivance said @ 12:24am GMT on 29th Jul
To unsafe levels.
rylex said @ 8:17am GMT on 29th Jul
the idea is they wouldbt finish the whole cigarette, just smoke it in pieces
Mythtyn said @ 11:12pm GMT on 28th Jul
Smoked for 20 years. Quit 9 years ago. Smoked for 1 week during a conference out of town (at bars after the days agendas) and instantly quit when coming home without an issue. Will probably do so again next year.

I swear quiting smoking was easier than quitting junk food.
HoZay said @ 6:02am GMT on 29th Jul

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