“We need a national debate on nicotine,” said Mitch Zeller…
…Zeller is the director of the Center for Tobacco Products, a division of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) created in 2009 when Congress passed legislation giving the FDA regulatory authority over cigarettes. In addition, the centre will soon have regulatory authority over other tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, which have become enormously controversial even as they have gained in use. Through something called a ‘deeming rule’, the centre is in the process of asserting that oversight over e-cigarettes.
Opponents of electronic cigarettes, which include many public health officials, hope that the centre will treat these new devices like it treats cigarettes: taking steps to discourage teenagers from ‘vaping’, for instance, and placing strict limits on the industry’s ability to market its products.
Proponents, meanwhile, hope that the centre will view e-cigarettes as a ‘reduced harm’ product that can save lives by offering a nicotine fix without the carcinogens that are ingested through a lit cigarette. In this scenario, e-cigarette manufacturers would be able to make health claims, and adult smokers might even be encouraged to switch from smoking to vaping. Read full article
Joe Nocera (26 May 2015) Rethinking smoking, vaping and nicotine [editorial]. Retrieved from http://tinyurl.com/ptw6x4u