Public support for mandated nicotine reduction in cigarettes

Jennifer L. Pearson, David B. Abrams, Raymond S. Niaura, Amanda Richardson, Donna M. Vallone

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Objectives. We assessed public support for a potential Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-mandated reduction in cigarette nicotine content. Methods. We used nationally representative data from a June 2010 crosssectional survey of US adults (n = 2649) to obtain weighted point estimates and correlates of support for mandated nicotine reduction. We also assessed the potential role of political ideology in support of FDA regulation of nicotine. Results. Nearly 50% of the public supported mandated cigarette nicotine reduction, with another 28% having no strong opinion concerning this potential FDA regulation. Support for nicotine reduction was highest among Hispanics, African Americans, and those with less than a high school education. Among smokers, the odds of supporting FDA nicotine regulation were 2.77 times higher among smokers who intended to quit in the next 6 months than among those with no plans to quit. Conclusions. Mandating nicotine reduction in cigarettes to nonaddictive levels may reduce youth initiation and facilitate adult cessation. The reasons behind nicotine regulation need to be communicated to the public to preempt tobacco industry efforts to impede such a regulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)562-567
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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