If you want to cut tobacco deaths, you need look no fur­ther than fed­eral leg­is­la­tion signed into law in 2009, according to a law professor.

The Family Smoking Pre­ven­tion and Con­trol Act paves the way for two aggres­sive approaches, according to a New York Timesop-​​ed by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity law pro­fessor Richard Day­nard.

The law allows the Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion to reg­u­late nico­tine yields, though the yields cannot be cut to zero, he says. “The FDA would be well within its authority to require nico­tine con­tent to be below addic­tive levels,” Day­nard writes. “If the FDA insisted on the change, and cig­a­rettes ceased to be addic­tive, ample evi­dence shows that most smokers would quit or switch to less toxic nico­tine prod­ucts. Cur­rent non­smokers, more­over, would be far less likely to become addicted.”

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