The Food and Drug Administration aiming to cut the level of nicotine in cigarettes to help end addiction to smoking.

FOX's Jessica Rosenthal reports:

FDA commissioner doctor Scott Gottlieb says they have new authority when it comes to cigarettes and e-cigarettes and plan to use it:

(Gottlieb) "We need to envision a world where cigarettes lose their addictive potential through reduced nicotine levels."

He's directing the center for tobacco products to develop a nicotine regulatory plan. But he also wants to know about any adverse impacts of this plan, like the possible development of a black market with higher nicotine cigarettes:

(Gottlieb) "Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States."

He says without this kind of action later on, five and a half million young people will eventually die from tobacco use.

Jessica Rosenthal, FOX News.

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