The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday announced a large-scale, multiyear plan to address the public health impact of tobacco.
Gottlieb also announced plans to delay for a few years a requirement that makers of cigars and e-cigarettes get agency approval for any products marketed after February 2007, according to the Washington Post.
The FDA gained oversight of tobacco products in 2009 through the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.
Under new guidelines, applications for newly regulated products, such as cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah tobacco will need to be submitted by August 8, 2021. Tobacco companies will without a doubt fight the FDA's attempts to lower nicotine levels and the other new regulations on cigarettes in the works.
Among those measures are further development of new tobacco products that are less unsafe than cigarettes, as will as considering whether or not it is wise to have menthol and other flavored tobacco products.
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The Trump administration is unlikely to veto it because the whopping majority in Congress could subsequently overturn such a veto. The legislation strips him of his power to remove sanctions on his own, instead requiring some consent by Congress.
(Gottlieb) "Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States". In contrast, an e-cigarette can contain anywhere between zero milligrams and 42 milligrams of nicotine.
FDA claimed nicotine is most harmful when delivered through smoke particles in combustible cigarettes and that less harmful products like e-cigarettes should be explored.
US smoking rates have been falling for decades.
As part of a series of new regulatory efforts to try to limit the harmful effects of tobacco, the agency plans to try to cut nicotine levels in cigarettes significantly. Health care and lost productivity costs come in at almost $300 billion annually, according to the FDA.
Wade pointed to a study published this month in the British Medical Journal, using data from the FDA's Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey, which shows e-cigarettes contribute to significant increases in successful quit attempts across the country.