According to The Washington Post, The Biden administration recently announced that it is developing a mandate requiring tobacco companies to reduce the nicotine concentration in cigarettes sold in the United States. This mandate is being implemented in order to lower addiction rates and smoking-related deaths.
As the publication reports, the Biden administration notice—it was sent out on Tuesday—stated that the Food and Drug Administration intends to develop a standard “that would establish a maximum nicotine level in cigarettes and certain finished tobacco products” by May 2023.
When stepping into office, President Biden said that a major goal of the White House is to cut cancer deaths by 50 percent over the next 25 years, and a significant part of this initiative is to eliminate the main cause of death in the United States: tobacco use.
The Washington Post says FDA approval for this mandate could take up to a year, but that’s if everything goes as planned. “Opposition could delay or derail the effort—especially if the regulation is not completed before Biden leaves office,” states the article.
Stay tuned to NewBeauty for updates on the approval timeline for lowering nicotine in cigarettes.
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