Sunday, August 30, 2009

FDA and tobacco regulation


Now that the FDA is regulating the manufacturing, marketing and sale of tobacco products, should we expect anything to change? So many people are addicted to the nicotine found in cigarettes and they have such a difficult time quitting. According to this CNN story:
Last week, the FDA opened its new Center for Tobacco Products, which will enforce advertising restrictions and set public health strategies to reduce illnesses and deaths caused by tobacco products. The new center was established shortly after the passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which enables the FDA to review new tobacco products before they can be sold.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates cigarette smoking leads to 443,000 deaths each year. Smoking accounts for at least 30 percent of all cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society.

So, how will the government establish public health strategies around tobacco? How will the FDA use it's new authority to reduce smoking prevalence in this country? What will we see come out of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act?

1 comment:

  1. Now maybe I can breathe easier, but second hand smoke is still not solved yet. Until you solve that, I will suffer and die of intoxication.

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