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WASHINGTON — A bipartisan cadre of FDA commissioners urged the Biden administration to get tough on regulating tobacco and to finalize a Trump-era regulation that would render cigarettes non-addictive.

“I hope that this administration will have the courage to fight what will be tough battles,” said Robert Calif, who served under President Obama. “I have never seen more capable or nastier lawyers than what I experienced in trying to deal with the tobacco industry.”


The remarks came during a STAT event that included comments from four FDA commissioners: Califf, Scott Gottlieb, Peggy Hamburg, and Jane Henney.

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