Smoking Deaths Sidelined in Biden’s State of the Union Address


President Joe Biden was set to announce in his February 7 State of the Union (SOTU) address how he’d lead the charge to reduce the number of cancer deaths in the United States once and for all: by eliminating combustible cigarette use.

News reports and a press call from the White House suggested that he’d make this statement as part of the administration’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, but it was left, it appears, on the cutting room floor. Biden himself did not bring it up.

Pledging to reduce smoking and supporting the best-evidenced ways to do so are two different things.

“We’re committed to continuing to use authorities and programs to keep making progress and especially with a focus on helping individuals avoid smoking in the first place and supporting Americans who want to quit,” Danielle Carnival, the White House’s Cancer Moonshot coordinator, said on a February 7 press call before the SOTU. “So, getting support services out for as many people, reaching as many people as possible so that we can prevent the cancer impact and we know the broader health impact that smoking has.”

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Alex Norcia – Filter – 2023-02-08.

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