Biden wants to drastically reduce nicotine in cigarettes

President Joe Biden is said to be making plans to reduce nicotine in cigarettes to nearly zero through a new FDA rule intended to help Biden reduce levels of cancer by half over a 25-year period, according to the Daily Wire

The move is expected to reduce consumers’ addiction to nicotine and reduce the number of people who smoke cigarettes in the future.

“FDA officials said reducing nicotine in cigarettes to very low levels would prevent future generations from becoming addicted to cigarettes, and help current smokers to quit or switch to less-harmful alternatives,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “According to an FDA study published in 2018, such a rule would prompt an additional 13 million adult smokers to quit within five years of implementation.”

The tobacco industry is a $100 billion industry in the U.S., and if that many smokers quit, it could cost the U.S. hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Not scientific

The Washington Post also pointed out that science does not support the idea that people will quit smoking if nicotine is reduced and suggested that people will seek out alternative products on the black market.

The end result will be a huge loss in jobs and tax revenue, without the desired result of people quitting smoking and lowering their cancer risk.

Nothing Biden has done in his whole administration has worked; does he really expect this hair-brained scheme to work?

His plan would not take effect for a number of years and could be reversed by Congress or a different president–I guess that’s what we can hope for.

Like Prohibition

If Biden’s plan did take effect, it would be similar to Prohibition in the 1920s, when alcohol was banned but lots of people were making it themselves and selling it on the black market.

Except this time, the market will be global and it will be easier to get black market cigarettes than it was to get liquor during Prohibition.

Biden seriously thinks that in an age where marijuana is legal in a number of states, nicotine cigarettes should be banned.

I guess for the Biden administration, that’s just about right.

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