AAFP Welcomes First Move by FDA to Reduce Nicotine in Cigarettes

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Statement attributable to:
Michael Munger, MD
American Academy of Family Physicians

“The American Academy of Family Physicians applauds the FDA’s decision to gather information on how to best implement a regulation that would reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes.

“This is an important step toward cutting the addictive power of cigarettes and holds the potential for helping smokers quit. With such information from stakeholders in hand, the FDA can move forward with a proposed rule that will limit the amount of nicotine in cigarettes, a move that can make a huge difference in Americans’ health.

“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and illness in our nation. Every day, family physicians see the devastating impact that smoking has on our patients. We welcome the FDA’s commitment to reducing the number of Americans who smoke, thereby improving their health.”

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Munger, contact Leslie Champlin, 800-274-2237, Ext. 6252, lchampli@aafp.org.


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