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“Today, we’re taking a pivotal step,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on a conference call with media on March 15, 2018.

The FDA plans to file two more rulemaking notices, one on the impact of flavored tobacco, including menthol, and one on premium cigars. The FDA will also continue to consider other nicotine delivery systems that are potentially less harmful.

Gottlieb further said, "our plan demonstrates a greater awareness that nicotine, while highly addictive, is delivered through products on a continuum of risk...In order to successfully address cigarette addiction, we must make it possible for current adult smokers who still seek nicotine to get it from alternative and less harmful sources.”

Gottlieb fell a bit short of outlining what specific methods or devices the FDA might be looking into that they'd consider are less harmful sources of nicotine. However, this could certainly open the door for additional inclusion of ENDS products and provide a more friendly regulatory environment to continue to bring advancements to market.

“This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to greatly accelerate progress in reducing tobacco use,” Gottlieb said in a statement. “Today’s action is a first step, but it will only have an impact if the FDA quickly develops and implements a final regulation.”

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