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August 9, 2017

Miller, Health Policy Experts Applaud FDA Tobacco Control Shift

Group: FDA’s action provides opportunity to “radically reduce tobacco-related death and disease over the coming years”

DES MOINES – Attorney General Tom Miller and a group of 14 internationally-recognized experts on public health policy and tobacco and nicotine science today issued a joint statement applauding the FDA’s July 28 announcement of its new comprehensive plan to regulate tobacco.

“The FDA’s new plan for tobacco and nicotine regulation has the potential to be a key moment in the demise of combustible tobacco products,” the group writes in its statement.

Additionally, the group:

  • Expresses alarm at public misconceptions of non-combustible sources of nicotine being comparable to or even more dangerous than smoking cigarettes
  • Agrees the FDA should take a rational approach to regulation that effectively protects kids
  • Calls for “serious dialogue” and accompanying research on the effects of the federal government proposing a reduction of nicotine in combustible tobacco products

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