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FDA Has Taken Steps To Helped Quitters Stop Smoking

Date:2018-11-30 click:0
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cigarette smoking is one of the largest threats to public health. Over seven million people are killed from smoking each year globally says WHO. According to the statistics, over 6 million deaths from direct smoking and 890,000 deaths due to passive smoking. The nicotine in the cigarettes can prevent people from being able to quit smoking and many people are addicted to smoking. Although all people know it is harmful for the health, smokers don’t pay much attention to this threat. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have taken steps to help people stop smoking. 

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The first step is to lower the nicotine content in the cigarettes. Lowering the content would help smokers to smoke less and move towards complete cessation. A study showed that smokers who use lower-nicotine cigarettes smoke less than those who smoke cigarettes that contain normal nicotine content. And they eventually quit smoking. The study was published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Raise the prices of cigarettes is also one of the proposals to help smokers quit. According to a study appears in the August issue of the journal Epidemiology, smokers are 20 percent more likely to stop smoking when the prices of the cigarettes are raised by just $1. Compared with younger smokers, older adult smokers who have been smoking for a long time are at lower rates of having complete cessation. This is to say the deeper the dependency on smoking, the more difficult the smoke habit will change. However, the study finds that the raised prices have contributed to smoking cessation even among older smokers. 
The steps for stopping smoking that FDA proposes could be effective to encourage smoking cessation among all age groups and also reduce new smokers from taking up the habit. As cigarette smoking has been a big health threat worldwide, these steps are helpful to prevent people from various diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, pulmonary diseases, osteoporosis, prostatitis, infertility, bladder cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, etc.