The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it wants to sharply reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes. The idea is to help wean millions of smokers off their deadly habit and prevent millions more from becoming regular smokers in the first place.

According to NPR news site, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said – “Despite years of aggressive efforts to tackle the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, tobacco use — largely cigarette smoking — still kills more than 480,000 Americans every single year,”

NPR also reported that in a statement he said – “Given their combination of toxicity, addictiveness, prevalence, and effect on non-users, it’s clear that to maximize the possible public health benefits of our regulation, we must focus our efforts on the death and disease caused by addiction to combustible cigarettes,”

The FDA hasn’t yet decided exactly how much it will cut nicotine or how quickly.

The FDA’s move was welcomed by anti-smoking advocates.

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