publication date: Jun. 27, 2014

By Tessa Vellek

On the fifth anniversary of the landmark 2009 law granting the FDA authority over tobacco products, 10 leading public health and medical organizations called on the FDA and the Obama Administration to prioritize three actions to reduce tobacco use.

• Extend the FDA’s jurisdiction to all tobacco products, with no exceptions, no later than April 25, 2015

• Issue the first-ever product standard governing the design and content of tobacco products, reducing toxicity, addictiveness, and appeal of cigarettes

• Require large, graphic cigarette warning labels covering the top 50 percent of the front and back of cigarette packs

This joint statement was issued June 19 by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Legacy, National African American Tobacco Prevention Network, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, and Tobacco Control Legal Consortium.

On June 22, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which granted the FDA the authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of tobacco products. Five years later, these health groups are urging the FDA to go further with tobacco regulation.

“As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the first surgeon general’s report and the fifth anniversary of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, our organizations call on the FDA and the Obama Administration to take action that can create a tobacco-free generation and end the tobacco epidemic for good,” they said in the statement.

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