CLARENCE, N.Y., XXII –(BUSINESS WIRE)–22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE MKT:XXII), a plant biotechnology company that is a leader in tobacco harm reduction, announced today that the Company has launched a new line of Research Cigarettes with varying levels of nicotine. Similar to the Company’s SPECTRUM® brand research cigarettes that are sold only to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 22nd Century’s new proprietary Research Cigarettes are available directly to accredited scientists, researchers, universities and governments – worldwide. 22nd Century is the only company in the world capable of producing tobacco research cigarettes with varying levels of nicotine that range from 95% less nicotine than conventional cigarettes (0.5mg/g) to 2X – 3X the nicotine content of conventional cigarettes (50mg/g).
“At the Society for Research on Nicotine (SRNT) Annual Meeting held in Chicago in March of this year, the Company received numerous requests for variable nicotine-level research cigarettes from domestic and international scientists wishing to conduct nicotine addictive threshold and smoking cessation studies. 22nd Century is eager to provide scientists all over the world with the means to conduct their important smoking research,” explained Dr. Paul Rushton, Vice President of Plant Biotechnology at 22nd Century Group.
22nd Century custom designs and produces research cigarettes with precise tobacco blends, nicotine contents, filtration, tar yields, and even custom taste characteristics for each clinical study according to the exact specifications required by scientific researchers. With an approved blend and packaging design, 22nd Century can design, produce and ship research cigarettes in a matter of weeks, thus speeding up the often lengthy and cumbersome process researchers currently endure in order to study behaviors and health risks associated with the use of tobacco products.
In addition to the significant revenue potential of this initiative, the Company anticipates that the research generated through the use of 22nd Century’s Very Low Nicotine research cigarettes will add to the growing number of peer-reviewed scientific studies that demonstrate the public health benefits of 22nd Century’s proprietary tobaccos. Such independent studies formed the backbone of 22nd Century’s December 2015 Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Indeed, many such scientific studies employing the Company’s research cigarettes with varying levels of nicotine are funded by the FDA itself, including the landmark Eric C. Donny, Ph.D. et al. clinical study that was published in the October 2015 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (N Engl J Med 2015; 373:1340-1349). The FDA is also currently funding – at a cost estimated to exceed $20 million – a follow-up clinical study seeking the best method to quit smoking: an immediate reduction in nicotine to non-addictive levels versus a gradual reduction in nicotine (ClinicalTrials.gov NCT02139930). No matter which protocol proves most effective, 22nd Century is the only company in the world capable of producing the critical final product: combustible tobacco cigarettes with non-addictive levels of nicotine.
“Without 22nd Century’s unique ability to provide research cigarettes with varying nicotine levels, many important research projects would simply be impossible to conduct,” explained Henry Sicignano III, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Accordingly, due to the increasing demand for our SPECTRUM® research cigarettes, we felt compelled to make similar research cigarettes available directly to scientists around the globe. What’s more, unlike SPECTRUM® cigarettes, 22nd Century’s new research cigarettes will be available in any configuration and in any style requested by researchers. We expect this new product line to grow rapidly.”
About 22nd Century Group, Inc.
22nd Century is a plant biotechnology company focused on technology which allows it to increase or decrease the level of nicotine in tobacco plants and the level of cannabinoids in cannabis plants through genetic engineering and plant breeding. The Company’s primary mission is to reduce the harm caused by smoking. 22nd Century currently owns or exclusively controls more than 200 issued patents and more than 50 pending patent applications around the world. Visit www.xxiicentury.com for more information.
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