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FDA Takes Over Tobacco in the U.S.

The FDA says they will seek input from the public as they begin working to implement the Act.

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(WASHINGTON D.C.) - On June 22, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. (see: House Resolution 1256)

This historic legislation grants authority to regulate tobacco products to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

In a news release, they state, "FDA looks forward to taking on this challenge and in doing so will partner with public health leaders at our sister agencies, at the state level, and in localities all around the country."

The FDA says the agency will perform its duties by using the best available science to guide the development and implementation of effective public health strategies to reduce the burden of illness and death caused by tobacco products.

The FDA says they will seek input from the public as they begin working to implement the Act. (Contact the FDA via email at Tobacco2@fda.hhs.gov to get involved)

For information about approved products for tobacco cessation, visit Approved Products for Tobacco Cessation.

For information on community programs for effective tobacco control, visit CDC's State and Community Resources web site. Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. Commissioner of Food and Drugs




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