Skip to comments.Biden Administration Considering Rule to Cut Nicotine in Cigarettes
Posted on 04/19/2021 12:47:25 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
Subheading: Policy could be paired with proposal to ban menthols; FDA must decide whether to pursue menthol ban by April 29
The Biden administration is considering requiring tobacco companies to reduce the nicotine levels in all cigarettes sold in the U.S. to levels at which they are no longer addictive, according to people familiar with the matter.
Administration officials are considering the policy as they approach a deadline for declaring the administration’s intentions on another tobacco question: whether or not to ban menthol cigarettes.
Nicotine itself doesn’t cause cancer, heart disease or lung disease, according to the FDA. But it hooks people on cigarettes, which are linked to 480,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.
Lowering nicotine in cigarettes has been a subject of discussion inside the FDA since the 1990s. It can be done in different ways, such as genetically modifying tobacco plants or stripping nicotine from the leaf in the manufacturing process. In 2009, the Tobacco Control Act authorized the FDA to mandate such a change, stipulating that the policy be based on scientific evidence.
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It will be interesting to see what the "scientific evidence" is, and how the Administration will weigh competing interests, such as smokers vs. health Karens. And, since menthol flavoring is especially popular in certain demographics, will there be accusations of racism?
Yeah. I’m German and French and used to love menthols!!
Not theirs. Just yours.
>>Policy could be paired with proposal to ban menthols
Obama refused to do that when he banned flavored tobaccos.
I guess he liked them.
Menthol cigs already banned in MA.
What a wonderful way to create a black market.
The guy who can’t control his own son wants to control everyone else’s.
Hey Joe, you got sarim?
So people will merely smoke more cigarettes.
And what causes the most damage?
Smoke, tar... oh you’ll get plenty of that, in fact more.
Leftism, it’s a form of mental illness.
I believe in temperance, and I don’t advocate smoking at all.
I do not want them harassing smokers. Enough!
Just stop it! We didn’t elect any of you to micromanage
people’s lives, personal choices.
Legalize drugs, ban tobacco. Got it. I almost wouldn’t care except it is bad medicine to encourage the despots.
Strong endorsement for E-Cigarettes there.
And yet marijuana is being legalized everywhere.
I’m not surprised. The MA AG has been active against firearms, attempting to restrict so-called assault weapons and accessories, and limit magazine capacity for semiautomatic pistols.
Why not ban dangerous menthol? If it saves one child’s life...
63 with MS, hey Joe leave me alone. The sooner the better that I leave!
they should ban the amount of sugar in chocolate. fat people are unhealthy. they’re all choco freaks.
I don’t endorse tobacco, because there has never been a study saying it is good for you.
I don’t endorse government control either because with that knowledge being shown to every citizen, it is their own choice, not mine.
So people would smoke twice as much to get the same nicotine.
Sounds like a typical brilliant Democrat plan.
How about tripling the nicotine, so people get their hit off of one and call it good?
Or is the real goal to sell more and get more tax?
Gee, never mind. That’s why.
I’d rather see a “rule” to cut BS in the WH, Senate and Congress...
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