The Biden administration plans to propose a rule to establish a maximum level of nicotine in cigarettes and other finished tobacco products to make them less addictive, the White House Budget Office announced Tuesday.
The rule, expected in May 2023, would be designed to make it easier for people to quit smoking and help prevent young people from becoming regular smokers, according to a document released by the White House Budget Office.
The proposal comes as the Biden administration is doubling down on efforts to fight cancer-related deaths.
Earlier this year, the government announced its intention to reduce the cancer death rate by at least 50% over the next 25 years.
Nicotine is the addictive substance in tobacco. Tobacco products also contain several harmful chemicals, many of which may cause cancer.
Tobacco use costs nearly $300 billion a year in direct health care and lost productivity, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Smoking and exposure to tobacco smoke cause approximately 480,000 premature deaths each year in the United States. Health experts have long said it is the leading cause of preventable death.
More than 7,300 non-smokers die each year from lung cancer caused by second-hand smoke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The current smoking rate is 12.5% in the United States for adults.
In April, the FDA released a long-awaited proposal to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, seen as a major victory for tobacco control advocates.