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Speak Up for Tobacco Regulation

by Amy S. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a new rule that would regulate all tobacco products, including cigars, electronic cigarettes, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco, nicotine gels and dissolvables. This is a good step, as the FDA must have authority over these products to protect public health.

Among the new rule's requirements, manufacturers would have to disclose ingredient lists for their products and include warning labels on product packages and advertisements. It would ban the sale of these products to anyone under the age of 18, however, the rule does not go far enough to protect young people from the harms of tobacco.

As proposed, the rule does not prohibit the use of candy and fruit flavorings in these tobacco products. It also does not restrict marketing, despite a recent study showing a sharp increase in youth exposure to e-cigarette advertising in recent years. Candy and fruit flavorings and advertisements may account for the rapid rise in cigar and e-cigarette use by young people. These measures must be added.  

The public has until July 9th to submit comments on the proposed rule before it is finalized by the agency. You can tell FDA stronger standards are needed for all tobacco products. Add your voice today!

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Comments (13)

  • Thank you AHA for helping the to be aware of to back products and their side effects. I feel that we should have a smoke free world.

    — Nathan T.

  • Please continue to support our initiatives on tobacco for the betterment of all citizens.

    — Tammy S.

  • My Grandmom and my mom both died from cancer from smokeing - thank god I quit in 1996 after smokieng 20 year's !!  I don't know if a brain anyuerisum's can be caused from stopping smokeing,or not ? We had to loose our loved one's and we never got compensation. The USA Government don't care because USA profit's from getting paid taxe's from the tobacco companie's. Now we have had to fight our manager's over the smoker's that get to smoke while we suffer from dirty air.  Wilma L. Ingram  Oregon

    — wilma I.

  • I agree, we need to speak for tobacco regulation, we need a smoke free world (this is best for everyone).

    — Nathan T.

  • I have several friends whose lives have been ruined by cigarette smoke. Two are on constant oxygen and still have a lot of trouble breathing, One of them has quit smoking, but the other even though on the oxygen still smokes. That is VERY  dangerous, but she will not quit. Another died of lung cancer even though she didn't smoke herself. She was a victim of second-hand smoke. She died at a much younger age than she should have. NO smoking should be allowed.

    — Patricia J.

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