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 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.”