New Federal Spending Plan Could Effectively Ban Products That Help People Quit Smoking

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Of the many provisions included in the 2,741 page omnibus spending bill being pushed through Congress this week is a budget rider that will subject thousands of products containing synthetic nicotine to FDA regulation for the first time.

Proponents of this policy change refer to it as closing a loophole. Meanwhile critics of this rider contend that, given the well documented flaws and deficiencies in the FDA approval process, this budget rider will likely result in the prohibition of products that former smokers have used to quit smoking and stay off cigarettes.

This upcoming vote to subject products containing synthetic nicotine to FDA regulation follows the introduction of legislation in four state capitals and enacted in one state, Alabama, that effectively bans products containing synthetic nicotine.

Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), working with Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) on the House side, have led the effort to get FDA regulation of synthetic nicotine products included in the must-pass spending package that funds the federal government through September, Bloomberg reported on March 8. Congress is expected to pass the omnibus bill before week’s end.

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Patrick Gleason – Forbes – 2022-03-10.

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