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New Study Indicates Changes in Cigarette Design Have Increased Lung Cancer Risk and Tobacco Regulation Can Greatly Reduce Lung Cancer
Date:5/1/2009

ewer of each of the U.S. Surgeon General reports on tobacco since 1975. He has also edited a series of tobacco control monographs for the National Cancer Institute and is a member of the World Health Organization Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation.

This study provides some of the strongest evidence to date that how cigarettes are designed and manufactured has a large impact on the amount of death and disease that they cause, and conversely, that effective regulation of tobacco products can reduce disease and save many lives. Lung cancer caused by smoking kills more than 125,000 Americans each year. Preventing half these deaths would save 62,500 lives a year. Tobacco use also causes many other forms of cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and numerous other serious illnesses that harm virtually every organ in the human body. It is the overall leading cause of preventable death in the United States, killing more than 400,000 Americans and costing the nation $96 billion in health care bills each year.

This study demonstrates why it is critical that Congress quickly enact legislation granting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory authority over tobacco products. Because no government agency has any authority to regulate tobacco products, tobacco companies currently have free reign over how they manufacture tobacco products and what they put in them. They can make changes that make their products more deadly or more addictive without the knowledge of the public or any government agency. Under the pending legislation, for the first time, a science-based regulatory agency, the FDA, would gain authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing and sale of tobacco products.

Among other things, this legislation would grant the FDA authority to require changes in the design and contents of tobacco products to protect public health,
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