Iowa AG Miller offers alternative to FDA’s plan for nicotine reduction
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Thomas J. Miller publically announced his thoughts.

He thinks he has a better nicotine reduction plan than the one being pushed by the FDA.

The Iowa attorney general responded last week to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s nicotine reduction plan in “combusted cigarettes,” according to a press release.

“In the professional public health community, there is a wide range of views on the merits, practical viability, and likely consequences of introducing a rule to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes,” Miller said.

Detailed in the Iowa Department of Justice Office of the Attorney General release, Miller advised the FDA that its call for a mandatory nicotine reduction could be unnecessary if the agency listens to his suggestions.

Here are five of Miller’s main thoughts:

·        “Full endorsement for a rapid implementation of a tobacco product standard to reduce the nicotine level in cigarettes and in other combustible tobacco products.”

·        “A sequential approach, in which the full potential of alternative nicotine delivery systems is realized to prepare the ground first, and then a nicotine standard follows.”

·        “A nicotine standard should be held in reserve as an ‘agency threat’ to force the pace of reform in the tobacco/nicotine marketplace.”

·        “A nicotine standard would be impractical and ultimately unnecessary, and a diversion from taking other more realistic measures.”

·        “A nicotine standard would be excessively coercive and based on a poor legal and political mandate. It would cause an active black market and have other unintended consequences.”

The undercurrent of the message flows to the FDA adopting a similar approach to Public Health England, which touted vaping as a responsible alternate approach to quitting nicotine cigarettes. If executed properly it would leave the FDA’s lower nicotine proposal inconsequential, Miller explained.