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At a time when abortion rights in America are under assault, mass shootings have become a near-daily occurrence, and inflation is out of control, the Biden administration is expending a weirdly large amount of energy on an entirely separate issue: regulating the shit out of nicotine. In April, the FDA proposed a rule that would prohibit the sale of menthol cigarettes. In June, it floated a plan to slash the amount of nicotine cigarettes can legally contain by 95 percent. And two days later, on June 23, it banned the sale of Juul products in the US, citing "insufficient and conflicting data" in the company's application for market authorization.