FDA proposes reduced nicotine cigarettes. What does this mean for nonsmokers’ rights?
This month FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. announced a bold proposal to dramatically reduce smoking rates by lowering nicotine in combustible cigarettes to minimally or non-addictive levels. This will take years to play out, but it could be a significant step for helping more people quit smoking.
But what about the nonsmokers and their exposure to secondhand smoke?
The bottom line is smoke is smoke. Secondhand smoke, even from “reduced nicotine” tobacco, is still a serious health hazard. Like any other form of smoking, these products should not be used in shared air settings like workplaces, public places, or apartment buildings. There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Everyone deserves the right to breathe smokefree air.