Release of FDA Plan for Tobacco and Nicotine Regulation

Published Date: 
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Issue: 
No.197

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a regulatory framework for tobacco and nicotine regulation that will serve as a multi-year roadmap to better protect kids and significantly reduce tobacco-related disease and death. This cohesive, agency-wide approach to nicotine is composed of two primary parts:

  1. Reducing the addictiveness of combustible cigarettes
  2. Recognizing and clarifying the role that potentially less harmful tobacco products can play in improving public health

This plan is set to ensure that the FDA has the proper scientific and regulatory foundation to efficiently and effectively implement the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009. An article, A Nicotine-Focused Framework for Public Healthdescribing the plan appears in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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