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The agency said 33 million young people could be prevented from becoming smokers if the plan is implemented

The US government is making a strong push to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes to “minimally or non-addictive levels”, the regulator Scott Gottlieb announced Thursday.

If the US Food and Drug Administration succeeds in mandating reduced nicotine, the agency said 33 million young people could be prevented from becoming regular smokers, and it would prompt 5 million people to quit within one year of implementation.

The latest push for changes will amend federal regulations, a process that does not involve Congress and has become a favorite tactic of the Trump administration to bring about change.

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The Guardian

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