Biden Administration plans to limit nicotine levels in Tobacco products
The Biden administration has expanded from their "Build Back Better" initiative and plans to propose a new rule that will establish a maximum nicotine level in covered tobacco products, the White House Budget Office declared on Tuesday.
The new rule, which is expected to take effect in the Spring of 2023, is billed with the goal of making it easier for tobacco users to quit and help prevent youth from starting the habit, according to a document released by the White House Budget Office. Whether that means current tobacco users will increase their uptake in covered tobacco products, remains to be seen.
The proposal comes as the Biden administration announced plans to reduce the death rate from cancer by at least 50% over the next 25 years, earlier this year. The current use of tobacco products costs nearly $300 billion a year in direct healthcare and lost productivity, according to the FDA.
In April, the FDA issued a long-awaited proposal to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, which was seen as a major victory for anti-smoking advocates.
The question that no one is asking is how this will effect the 12.5% of American's who currently smoke or use covered tobacco products? General assumptions are that in search for the extra nicotine that smokers have grown accustomed to (over years of prolonged use), they will in turn end up smoking more, thus creating a potentially even larger health issue in the long term for these current consumers, and even larger profits for big tobacco. Something the Biden Administration seems A-Okay with.
Why isn't the government honestly researching safer alternatives?
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