The company SPECTRUM has just developed a cigarette with a very low level of nicotine. The company has just placed an order for 3.6 million packets of these new cigarettes for American health organizations like the FDA.
SPECTRUM is a plant-based biotech company that is interested in reducing the harmfulness of smoking tobacco. Its new line of light cigarettes has sparked interest at the FDA, the NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse), and at numerous other public health institutions. In all, these different organizations have ordered over 3.6 million packets of these new light cigarettes.
The cigarettes in question contain 95% less nicotine than traditional cigarettes, and may very well be the first modified-risk tobacco product accepted by the FDA.
Safer cigarettes that nonetheless cause concern
The cigarettes developed by SPECTRUM are far from being unanimously lauded, however. Numerous people have raised concerns, especially concerning FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s support of the new product. Gottlieb wants to develop a program limiting the amount of nicotine to low and non-toxic levels in cigarettes.
Encouraged by Gottlieb’s interest, the president of SPECTRUM confirms that the new line of cigarettes will become “the archetype for all cigarettes of the future.” The FDA has not commented on the potential launch of the SPECTRUM cigarettes.
There are multiple questions surrounding these new light cigarettes. Are they in fact preferable to smoking a small amount of cigarettes? And is in fact preferable to smoke a lot of light cigarettes, with the risk of exposing oneself to numerous other toxins? The answer to both questions, of course, is no.