You would think that after two years of relentless lockdowns and pandemic restrictions the Biden administration would give Americans a little wiggle room before unleashing a draconian effort to ban the last remaining bit of fun we’re allowed to have.
After news broke of a push to eliminate nicotine in cigarettes, the Biden administration also announced a plan to outlaw a smokeless cigarette alternative.
The Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce that Juul electronic cigarette products can no longer be sold in the United States.
The decision to pull Juul products comes after a two-year review of the company’s application to keep its tobacco- and menthol-flavored products in the U.S. market, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Biden’s fascistic policing of Juul e-cigarette products has been years in the making. The FDA targeted the company for its role in perpetuating a new wave of teenage nicotine use, driven by appealing flavors. Acting in loco parentis, the Biden administration believes it can make better decisions for America’s youth than their actual parents.
Juul conceded to the FDA in 2019 when it pulled all fruit and dessert flavors from the market, though it was permitted to keep marketing menthol- and tobacco-flavored nicotine pods used in the vaping device.
The decision signals the hard line the Biden administration is taking on the teenage vaping epidemic. Some 2.55 million middle and high school students use tobacco products, including flavored electronic cigarettes, according to the 2021 National Youth Tobacco Survey.
[source: The Washington Examiner]
Biden’s FDA also unveiled a regulatory plan in April for banning the sale of menthol cigarettes and cigars, marking a major step forward for the administration, which proposed the ban in April 2021. Still, the process is lengthy and is not expected to be finalized until 2023, with the ban set to take effect a year thereafter.
The agency’s plan to restrict e-cigarette sales will rankle users as well as tobacco companies and libertarian groups. The Cato Institute, for instance, argued in 2019 amid a Trump-era crackdown on Big Tobacco that efforts to limit teenage vaping will adversely affect adult smokers looking for a means to quit.
The American Vapor Manufacturers Association, a trade organization for the vaping industry, slammed the agency’s decision, arguing that adults will transition to combustible cigarettes when vaping products are no longer available.
“FDA’s apparent intention to outlaw Juul is the latest sorry example of the agency’s campaign of regulatory arson against the nicotine vaping products that millions of Americans rely on as an alternative to cigarettes,” AVMA President Amanda Wheeler said.
“This shameful decision is hard proof that no matter how deeply resourced or how meticulous the research in the market application, FDA is hellbent to arbitrarily crush the most widely used vaping products preferred by adult Americans.”
The war on fun continues!
Author: Nolan Sheridan