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The Biden administration may require tobacco companies to reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes


The Biden administration is looking at requiring tobacco companies to reduce nicotine levels in all cigarettes sold in the US to a level where they are no longer addictive, according to people familiar with the matter.

Regulatory officials are reviewing the policy as they are nearing the deadline for the administration’s announcement of intent on another tobacco question: whether mint cigarettes should be banned.

The Food and Drug Administration must respond in court by April 29 to a citizen’s petition to ban menthols by revealing whether the agency intends to pursue such a policy. The Biden administration is currently weighing whether to ban menthol or cut nicotine from all cigarettes or both, people familiar with the matter said.

The White House and FDA were not immediately available to comment on Monday.

An expanded version of this article appeared on WSJ.com.

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