New regulations on nicotine and Juuls could impact smokers

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Smokers face more challenges with a new Biden administration proposal to establish a maximum level of nicotine in cigarettes and other tobacco products.

“Whatever habit we have, they might as well take it away. You might as well drive us crazy now,” said Tina, a smoker.

Fellow smoker LaToya agrees.

“Ban guns before you ban nicotine,” LaToya said.

On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce a ban on Juul e-cigarettes.

ABC 10News has contacted the FDA to confirm its intention to ban Juuls, but they say it cannot provide any information at this time.

It’s just a day after the Biden administration rolled out the plan to limit nicotine levels in cigarettes and tobacco products.

Tina and LaToya are regulars at the Fuego Smoke Shop on Market Street.

“One thing won’t hurt me, but you ban flavors, juuls, when you ban menthol flavored tobacco cigarettes. Might as well shut me up,” said Remy Kajy, Fuego Smoke Shop.

Kajy has worked in smokehouses for 12 years.

“I mean, I understand you’re worried about miners, you’re worried about that, but we don’t sell to miners here,” Kajy said.

Many of the reasons behind the proposals on the table are health related.

The Biden administration said its plan to reduce nicotine levels was created with the goal of reducing the number of addicts, children using nicotine products and deaths.

“It doesn’t kill you or anyone else, it kills us. We chose to smoke,” Tina explained.

The CDC attributes tens of thousands of deaths each year to illnesses related to passive smoking.

Despite everything, Tina and Latoya ask why make changes now.

Both raise fears that if regulation continues, people will simply find another way to get what they want.

“They’re going to find another product like juul, so why does it matter what you take out,” Tina said.

The FDA predicts that regulations such as nicotine limits could result in 33 million fewer people becoming smokers by 2100.

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