The Staggering Hypocrisy of the War on Nicotine

Source: Commentary
by Noah Rothman

“This week, the FDA proposed a new rule that ‘would establish a maximum nicotine level in cigarettes and certain finished tobacco products.’ In theory, reducing the addictive chemical in cigarettes will make the product less habit-forming. But that would also reduce the satisfaction (and the longevity of that effect) experienced by people who do smoke. The perverse practical effect of this rule will be to compel smokers to smoke more, thereby ensuring that they have more exposure to the harmful tars and particulates in smoke than they otherwise would. Pile atop this harebrained scheme an effort to limit nicotine alternatives to those prescribed by a pharmacist, and it seems clear that the ultimate effect of these regulatory efforts will be to force consumers to engage in even more self-destructive behaviors.” (06/23/22)