The administration of President Joe Biden plans to propose a rule to establish a maximum of nicotine in cigarettes and other finished tobacco products in the United States, in an attempt to make them less addictive, the White House Budget Office reported Tuesday.
The standard, scheduled for May 2023, would be designed with the aim of facilitating tobacco cessation and help prevent young people from becoming regular smokers, according to a document released by the White House Budget Office.
The proposal comes as the Biden administration doubles down on cancer-related deaths.
Earlier this year, the government announced plans to reduce the death rate by cancer by at least 50% in the next 25 years.
Nicotine is the addictive substance in tobacco. tobacco products they also contain several harmful chemicalsmany of which can cause cancer.
Cigarette use and exposure to tobacco smoke cause about 480,000 premature deaths each year in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute. Health experts have long said it’s the single biggest cause of preventable death.
More than 7,300 non-smokers die each year from lung cancer. caused by secondhand smoke, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In April, the US Food and Drug Administration published a long-awaited proposal to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigarswhich is considered a great victory for anti-smoking advocates.
News of the proposed rule was previously published by the Washington Post. (rts)