Most Adults Favor Cutting Nicotine Levels in Cigarettes
Overall, 80.6 percent of current smokers, 84.3 percent of former smokers favor cutting nicotine
TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Most adults favor requiring cigarette makers to lower the level of nicotine in cigarettes, according to a study published online July 11 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Fatma Romeh M. Ali, Ph.D., from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and colleagues analyzed data from the 2018 SummerStyles survey of 4,037 U.S. adults. Respondents were asked whether they favor or oppose requiring cigarette makers to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes to make them less addictive.
The researchers found that 81 percent of adults in 2018 strongly or somewhat favored requiring cigarette makers to lower the nicotine levels in cigarettes to make them less addictive, including 80.6, 84.3, and 81.3 percent of current, former, and never smokers, respectively. Favorability (strongly favor or somewhat favor) was 71.5 and 81.9 percent among current noncigarette tobacco product users and nonusers, respectively. There were slight variations in favorability by sex, age, race/ethnicity, and other tobacco product use after adjustment.
"The findings of this study can help inform the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's ongoing regulatory efforts related to a potential nicotine reduction standard and can serve as a comparison measure for future studies assessing public attitudes toward reducing the levels of nicotine in cigarettes in the United States," the authors write.