In First, F.D.A. Rejects Tobacco Products


tobThe tobacco industry gets away with murder as some would say.  States were able to decide where and how tobacco products would be sold, but had no authority over the ingredients they contained.  The Food and Drug Administration is now deciding which tobacco could be sold.  Will this change anything in the tobacco industry?

This is a huge milestone for advocates “This is the first time in history that a federal agency has told tobacco companies that they could not market a new or modified cigarette because of the public health problems they pose,” said Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, an advocacy group.  The FDA should be involved in the decision making process in the tobacco industry because tobacco is not healthy.

Mitchell Zeller, director of the Center for Tobacco Products at the agency, said some of the rejected products presented new public health risks by including, for example, more added chemicals than a similar product currently being sold. Some products were rejected because their makers had not provided enough information.

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