The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in India has developed a new tobacco variant with 40%-50% lower nicotine content than regular tobacco to minimize its impact on public health.
According to N Kalaiselvi, Director-General of CSIR, the development of the low nicotine tobacco variety was initiated on the suggestion of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reduce the harmful effects of tobacco on health. “So even if consumers use tobacco, its impact on health will be minimized as much as possible,” said Kalaiselvi.
Modi had previously suggested the possibility of developing such tobacco, and the laboratory developed the new tobacco variant to reduce the impact of tobacco on health. Kalaiselvi stated that the laboratory is continuing to work on further reducing the nicotine content by 60%-70%.
This development is a significant step towards reducing the harm caused by the use of tobacco, which is a leading cause of preventable deaths worldwide. With this innovation, consumers can still use tobacco products but with significantly less impact on their health. The low nicotine tobacco variety is expected to be a game-changer in the tobacco industry, and it is hoped that other countries will follow suit in developing similar products to promote public health.