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The FDA never ‘approved’ pesticides and cigarettes

False claims that the FDA approved pesticides and cigarettes circulated after the agency issued full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Aug. 23. But the FDA doesn’t set limits for pesticides in food and never approved cigarettes. Let’s take a look at the facts.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not approve of pesticides in food.
The FDA did not approve cigarettes, or any other tobacco product.
The FDA regulates a broad range of products in various ways, but does not apply its “safe and effective standard for evaluating medical products” to tobacco products and only enforces pesticide residue limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

NewsLit takeaway

Full FDA approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Aug. 23 marked an important regulatory milestone that cleared the way for more employers and institutions to implement vaccine mandates. It’s also the latest sign that the vaccine is safe and effective. Anti-vaccination activists responded to the news by flooding social media with disinformation about the FDA. These falsehoods appeal to many people who are experiencing cognitive dissonance about the vaccine’s full approval.

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