The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just authorised a tobacco company to market a reduced nicotine cigarette as a reduced risk product. 

While most remain misinformed about the health risks derived from consuming nicotine, public health experts have repeatedly highlighted that it is the tar and other carcinogenic chemicals found in cigarettes that cause disease, not nicotine.

To shock of many, the FDA is ignoring the science on this and and has just granted 22nd Century Group the right to market its VLN King and VLN Menthol King combusted, filtered cigarettes as modified risk tobacco products. In his blog, tobacco harm reduction expert Clive Bates is calling this move as the agency’s “most ill-judged moves to date.”

“It has done this because these products are reduced in nicotine and, FDA concludes, anyone who is willing to smoke them will experience lower exposures to nicotine. But we have known for a long time that “people smoke for the nicotine but die from the tar” (Mike Russell). This is a product that reduces the nicotine but keeps the tar,” said Bates.

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Diane Caruana – VapingPost – 2021-12-29.

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