What to Expect: the FDA’s Plan to Limit Nicotine in Cigarettes

August 7, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on July 28th a new push to substantially reduce and limit the amount of nicotine in cigarettes, the policy was informed by an evidence base developed with critical contributions from Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS) in the School of Public Health.

For years, a group of faculty members, postdoctoral researchers and students has been studying many dimensions of nicotine reduction, including the impact such a policy might have on smoking behavior in general and on specific populations of smokers, some of whom might face unintended consequences. Among those researchers is Jennifer Tidey, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior and of behavioral and social sciences, who co-authored a particularly influential paper in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2015. KEEP READING FOR A Q&A WITH PROFESSOR TIDEY