Falcon Posted June 23, 2009 Share Posted June 23, 2009 Once again in our lives, the feds have stepped in to regulate us. FDA is now empowered to more fully regulate tobacco labeling. The Commissioner's Letter: Today, President Barack Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009. This legislation gives authority to regulate tobacco products to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. All of us at FDA should pause to reflect on this historic opportunity. Congress and the President are calling upon our agency to protect the public health. Working with our sister agencies in the Department of Health and Human Services and our partners at the state and local level, FDA is looking forward to playing a key role in reducing the human toll of suffering and disease caused by our nation’s leading cause of preventable death. We will use the best available scientific evidence to design and implement public health strategies to protect our friends, neighbors, and children. I have asked Catherine Lorraine to lead our tobacco regulation team on an interim basis until we are able to recruit a Director for the Center for Tobacco Products. Dr. Sharfstein and I will work closely with Ms. Lorraine and her team as they begin to design a new arm of FDA from the ground up. I have been asked how oversight of tobacco will affect FDA’s ability to regulate medical products and enhance the safety of the food supply. The tobacco program will be funded entirely through a new user fee program and will not compete for resources with any other part of the agency. More fundamentally, I am convinced that an effective tobacco program will reinvigorate the public health mission of FDA in a way that reinforces and strengthens all of our work. I thank you in advance for sharing your expertise and experience when called by the tobacco regulation team. Most of all, I thank you for everything you do, every day, to advance the health of the American public. Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. Commissioner of Food and Drugs So. There's going to be a new government group organized within the FDA funded by a new user fee (can you say sin tax?) to regulate what tobacco manufacturers put on their labels and how they label in the first place. If you're interested in quitting: Want to see what Zyban, Chantix, and other generics do to you?http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSaf...r/ucm107318.pdf Ouch! Nicoderm, Habitrol, and Prostep: See pages 4 through 6 of http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dailys/03...003-01-vol2.pdf And an FYI - Nicoderm and Nicoderm CQ will run you about 54.00 at Safeway for the 10 -12 week program. Only real side-effect to the patch is vivid dreaming sometimes including what some would consider almost night terror dreaming IF you leave the patch on while you sleep, which isn't recommended in the first place. Whatever you choose regarding smoking, and however you choose to do it are of course up to you. I just wanted to give you some info to help you with those considerations. As to the government in our business yet again.....grrrr! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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