The Biggest Tobacco Harm Reduction Battles to Come in 2023


United States tobacco control did not have an easy 2022.

So much turmoil has come and gone this past year that even the most dedicated harm reductionists and critics struggled to keep up at one point or another, as separate events blurred into one big pile of dysfunction.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it’s moving toward a federal menthol cigarette ban, much to the chagrin of social justice advocates. Congress granted the FDA the power to regulate synthetic nicotine, to which many small- and medium-sized vape manufacturers had switched in the hope of keeping their products on the market.

More and more vape shops shut down as jurisdictions across the country enacted flavor bans. Even the good news was overlooked: US smoking rates—especially among teens—dropped to record lows; youth vaping rates are nowhere near their peak from just couple of years ago.

Below are three areas that Filter will be tracking in 2023.

Industry Moves

These past 12 months have not been awash with positive developments. The FDA authorized just the second tobacco-flavored vaping product, by Japan Tobacco International’s Logic, and then another from NJOY and an outdated product by Reynold’s Vuse.

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Alex Norcia – Filter – 2022-12-29.

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