Texas congressman says Biden admin trying to turn US into ‘nanny state’ with nicotine crackdown

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FIRST ON FOX: A Texas GOP congressman accuses President Joe Biden of trying to turn the United States into a “nanny state” with his crackdown on nicotine.

Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Texas, former sheriff and cigar fan, lambasted the Biden administration on its recent policy actions targeting nicotine that bans the e-cigarette, Juul, and would seek to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes.

“This administration is obsessed with regulating every aspect of American life, right down to the cigarette they smoke,” Nehls said.

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Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Texas, a cigar fanatic, lambasted the Biden administration for policy moves targeting nicotine.

Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Texas, a cigar fanatic, lambasted the Biden administration for policy moves targeting nicotine.
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“Adults have the ability to assess risk and make a decision for themselves, they don’t need the heavy hand of government interfering with those decisions,” he continued.

“Biden is trying to turn the United States into an outright New York-like state, but Americans don’t want that,” the congressman added. “They want their freedoms protected, not more excessive government interference.”

President Biden's FDA on Thursday banned the sale of vaping devices from Juul Labs, Inc.

President Biden’s FDA on Thursday banned the sale of vaping devices from Juul Labs, Inc.
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Nehls’ comments come as the Biden administration targets the tobacco industry with new executive policies.

On Thursday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) bans US sales of vaping products from Juul Labs Inc.as a report earlier this week from The Wall Street Journal suggested the agency would.

Cigarettes are the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.  The Biden administration is reportedly seeking to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes.

Cigarettes are the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. The Biden administration is reportedly seeking to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes.
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It was also reported on Tuesday that the Biden administration was seeking to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes.

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The effort is expected to be disclosed as part of the administration’s semi-annual “unified agenda,” The Washington Post reported, citing an unnamed individual familiar with the situation.

He said experts have explained that it could take the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at least a year to publish a proposed rule.

Fox News Digital’s Corine Gatti-Santillo and Julia Musto contributed reporting.

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