Anticipated Effects of Nicotine Reduction on Youth Smoking Initiation and Maintenance.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This commentary summarizes emerging findings on the potential impact of a nicotine reduction policy on youth and young adults. We conclude that: (1) adolescent smokers and nonsmokers alike are likely to be less sensitive to reinforcement from very low nicotine content (VLNC) cigarettes compared with adults; (2) reducing nicotine in cigarettes to 0.4 mg/g would reduce the abuse potential of cigarettes in adolescents and young adults; (3) findings to date do not support concerns that nicotine reduction leads to compensatory smoking in young smokers; and (4) if the scope of a reduced nicotine product standard were applied to all combusted tobacco products, that would likely maximize public health benefit of this policy.

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Cited Authors

  • Colby, SM; Cassidy, RN; Denlinger-Apte, R; Smith, TT; Pacek, LR; McClernon, FJ; Tidey, JW

Published Date

  • December 23, 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / Suppl 1

Start / End Page

  • S46 - S48

PubMed ID

  • 31867638

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6939777

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1469-994X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/ntr/ntz101


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England