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Beware! Smoking May Up Your Risk Of Hearing Loss

Beware! Smoking May Up Your Risk Of Hearing Loss

"When I returned to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration previous year, it was immediately clear that tackling tobacco use - and cigarette smoking in particular - would be one of the most important actions I could take to advance public health", the statement said.

"Today, we're taking a pivotal step", FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on a conference call with media on Thursday. It is also seeking comment from the public on things like where nicotine levels should be capped, whether caps should be implemented gradually or all at once, and what unintended consequences could occur.

Gottlieb said on Twitter this is a "historic first step". Cutting the nicotine level would not only help them succeed, but it also could keep young people who may be experimenting with cigarettes from becoming addicted, he said.

Tobacco companies have carefully engineered their products to be as addictive as possible, said Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products.

Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, an anti-smoking group, said the action will have "enormous significance" - if the agency moves quickly through the process of developing and adopting a final rule.

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Other critical issues that will need to be addressed, according to officials, include the potential for illicit trade in high-nicotine cigarettes and whether addicted smokers would compensate for lower nicotine levels by smoking more. Those alternative nicotine-delivery products include e-cigarettes or nicotine replacement therapies. He is also curious as to whether or not smokers will consume more cigarettes because of lower nicotine levels, or result to contraband tobacco if all else fails. Gottlieb said in the statement.

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it is reviewing current science on the role nicotine plays in addiction.

U.S. regulators Thursday opened the door to slashing the amount of nicotine in cigarettes in order to make them less addictive, a move that could mean millions fewer smokers in the years to come.

The FDA plans to file two more rule-making notices - on one the impact of flavored tobacco, including menthol, and one on premium cigars.