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FIRST ON FOX: A Texas GOP Congressman accuses President Joe Biden of turning the United States into a “nanny state” with his crackdown on nicotine.
Tail. Troy Nehls, R-Texas, a former sheriff and cigar fan, exploded the Biden administration on its recent policy moves targets nicotine, which bans the Juul e-cigarette and reportedly aims to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes.
“This administration is obsessed with regulating every part of Americans’ lives, right down to the cigarette they smoke,” Nehls said.
“Adults have the ability to assess the risks and make a decision for themselves, they don’t need the heavy hand of the government interfering in those decisions,” he continued.
“Biden is trying to turn the US into a full-fledged nanny state akin to New York, but Americans don’t want that,” the congressman added. “They want their freedoms protected, not more government encroachment.”
Nehls’ comments come as the Biden administration targets the tobacco industry with new executive guidelines.
On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Ban on US sales of Juul Labs Inc. vaping productsas a report earlier this week from The Wall Street Journal suggested the agency would.
It was also reported on Tuesday that the Biden administration wanted to lower the nicotine content in cigarettes.
The effort is expected to be uncovered as part of the government’s semi-annual “unified agenda,” the Washington Post reported, citing an anonymous person familiar with the situation.
Experts said it could be at least a year before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues a proposed rule.
Fox News Digital’s Corine Gatti-Santillo and Julia Musto contributed coverage.