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Center director says FDA hitting milestones in tobacco law
Date:3/18/2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. Since the passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act in 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has met the ambitious implementation deadlines set forth in the law, the agency said Wednesday at a congressional briefing hosted by the American Association for Cancer Research.

Lawrence Deyton, M.S.P.H., M.D., director of FDA Center for Tobacco Products, reviewed the many important steps the FDA has taken so far that have significantly expanded the agency's ability to protect the public from tobacco products. These steps include establishing a scientific advisory committee for the center and its work, imposing a ban on flavored cigarettes, requiring lists of ingredients in tobacco products from manufacturers, and more. Deyton said Congress can rest assured the agency will continue to meet expectations set in the law, which gives the FDA the authority to regulate all advertising, marketing and manufacturing of tobacco products.

In addition, panelists agreed that a greater focus and investment in scientific research on tobacco will be at the heart of the agency's continued success, especially when considering that tobacco use causes 30 percent of all cancer deaths, and is causally linked to 18 different cancers throughout the body.

The challenges of implementing the historic law mean new opportunities and responsibilities for the nicotine and tobacco research community, Deyton emphasized. In addition, the FDA will rely upon the research community to provide the agency with the evidence base needed to guide regulatory approaches and evaluate the impact of new policies.

Robert T. Croyle, Ph.D., director of the division of cancer control and population sciences at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), led a discussion of the federal efforts to address the FDA's research needs. Croyle stressed the multi-faceted nature of the tobacco problem and the need for close collaboration between t
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