White House avoids taking sides in Schumer’s Zyn crackdown

The White House is sidestepping questions regarding President Joe Biden‘s position on Zyn tobacco-less nicotine pouches.

Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre referred reporters to the Food and Drug Administration Wednesday when asked to address Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer‘s (D-NY) pressure campaign on Zyn amid complaints the Swedish company has been pushing its product on children, particularly through social media.

“That’s something for FDA to speak to,” Jean-Pierre said. “I can’t speak to that from here. I’ve not seen that report, so I’d refer to the FDA specifically.”

Schumer, who this week described Zyn patches as being “packed with problems,” called on the FDA and Federal Trade Commission to investigate their health effects and the company’s marketing tactics. Meanwhile, Philip Morris International, which owns Zyn manufacturer Swedish
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