New research flooding in from the University of California may change the industry of nicotine forever. As you probably know, many attempting to stop smoking altogether fail. Whether it’s not being able to stop smoking entirely, or in way of relapse, quitting smoking is difficult because of the physical and psychological addiction established by nicotine. Many smoke to relieve stress, to pass the time, and to cope with depression, anxiety, or other stressful situations.

What you may not know, according to the Philly Tribune, is that the Food and Drug Administration was granted permission to set national nicotine levels since 2009, but have not exercised their power to do so. The University of California hopes their research will mobilize efforts to reduce the nation’s nicotine consumption, and access to low nicotine cigarettes. (Of which, there are none available on the market.)

Their research proved that .7 milligrams per gram of tobacco yielded favorable results, in way to decreasing one’s likelihood of smoking, and increased their chances of quitting successfully. The experiment included 800 people with no intentions of quitting. Tests showed those given lower levels of nicotine cigarettes were less likely to display signs of nicotine addiction.

It’s too soon to tell if these findings will spur the FDA to action, allowing the sale of low level nicotine cigarettes- or perhaps even mandating all cigarettes must adhere to lower levels of the addictive substance. Considering smoking cigarettes is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths every year (says the CDC) maybe it’s about time we actually do something about it.


Do you think the FDA should regulate nicotine levels?