FDA Announces New Tobacco-Related Initiatives

New measures mark anniversary of Tobacco Control Act

When the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (TCA) was implemented back in 2009, a central tenet was the placement of nicotine—and its potential for causing addiction—at the forefront.

Nine years later, the FDA continues to advocate for the advancement of legislation and measures to lessen the addictive qualities of cigarettes and provide adults with alternative means of securing nicotine.

“Our plan recognizes that nicotine isn’t directly responsible for the morbidity and mortality from tobacco, but creates and sustains addiction to cigarettes,” wrote FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD. “It’s the delivery mechanism for nicotine that’s more directly linked to the product’s dangers. That’s why our plan focuses on minimizing addiction to the most harmful products while encouraging innovation in those products that could provide adult smokers access to nicotine without the harmful consequences of combustion and cigarettes.”

“Over the past year, we’ve taken important steps toward fully implementing this plan as part of our overarching goal: a world where cigarettes can no longer create or sustain addiction, and where adults who still seek nicotine could get it from potentially less harmful sources.”

The FDA is focusing on three advance notices of proposed rulemaking:

  • A standard to lower nicotine in cigarettes
  • The role flavors play in initiation
  • Patterns of use and resulting health impact

Further information will become available in the coming weeks as the FDA advances their campaign.


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