FDA Launches New Center for Tobacco Products

Center to oversee implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced the launch of its Center for Tobacco Products, an agency armed with the mission of developing and implementing public health strategies to reduce the burden of illnesses and deaths caused by tobacco products nationwide.

As an initial charge, the center will oversee the implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, signed into law in June. This will involve setting performance standards; reviewing premarket applications for new- and modified-risk tobacco products; and establishing and enforcing restrictions on tobacco advertising and promotion.

The center, located at the FDA's White Oak Campus in Silver Spring, Md., will be headed by Lawrence Deyton, M.D., who is an expert on veterans' health issues, public health, and tobacco use. Deyton is also a clinical professor of medicine and health policy at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for us at the FDA to work hand-in-hand with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers at the National Institutes of Health, and public health leaders in the states to make progress in combating tobacco use -- the leading cause of preventable death in the United States," Deyton said in a statement.

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