Nicotine was removed from various cured varieties without altering the physical appearance of the tobacco, said the company based in Edmonton. The extraction process has little impact on taste and shows potential for use on an industrial scale, Radient said.
"This project is the genesis of years of tobacco-specific research paired with our unique expertise in natural product extraction, and will allow us to introduce a suite of targeted designs, services, and manufacturing capability at a time when regulators are encouraging the development of innovative tobacco offerings." said Chief Executive Officer Denis Taschuk. "We look forward to working with global brands and producers in the introduction of new products to the tobacco space."
In July the US Food and Drug Administration indicated it would take a stricter regulatory approach toward nicotine because limiting the addictive agent could reduce user dependence on cigarettes and other tobacco products.