Posted: 30 Jul 2017 07:14 PM PDT
By David B. Clissold –
In a stunning development, newly appointed FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. held a briefing last Friday to announce a multi-year plan for tobacco and nicotine regulation. The Commissioner’s remarks are available here, and a press release announcing the policy is available here. The Agency’s new approach places nicotine, and the issue of addiction, at the center of tobacco regulation efforts. The policy more formally embraces the notion that nicotine is delivered through products that represent a “continuum of risk,” and is most harmful when delivered through smoke particles in combustible cigarettes. Under this new plan, FDA will:
FDA’s new approach to the regulation of nicotine will have profound effects on the tobacco product industry. We will continue to monitor this bold new plan as it unfolds.
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