Research Behind Plan to Reduce Nicotine in Cigarettes

Fifteen years ago, a group of scientists, government officials and tobacco control veterans met to discuss a hypothesis: Could reducing nicotine in cigarettes break smokers’ addiction?

The scientific studies that stemmed from that discussion form the basis for a policy the Biden administration announced Tuesday. Under this plan, the Food and Drug Administration would require the elimination of nearly all nicotine from cigarettes sold in the U.S.