The Perseus Books Group Message Boards Forum Index The Perseus Books Group Message Boards
Book discussion forums
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

FDA regulation

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    The Perseus Books Group Message Boards Forum Index -> Cigarette Century
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
dcorbin



Joined: 27 Apr 2007
Posts: 1

PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 8:27 pm    Post subject: FDA regulation Reply with quote

I have not had a chance to read your book yet, but I am wondering if you addressed the whether or not you favor FDA regulation of tobacco. Despite the endorsement of the American Public Health Association and others, I am concerned that FDA oversite would send the message that tobacco is, in FDA terms "generally recognized as safe," when used as directed. The tobacco companies would use this as legal defense in upcoming lawsuits.

If nicotine were regulated to lower levels, it is likely that smokers will buy more cigarettes or at least inhale more deeply to get their nicotine fix. What do you think?

I am all for regulating toabcco advertising and for making the industry label the ingredients of their products, but that can be done without FDA oversite, can't it?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Allan Brandt



Joined: 06 Mar 2007
Posts: 13

PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2007 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with the concerns you raise about FDA regulation. From a historical perspective, attempts to regulate the cigarette have often been turned into advantages for the industry. To take just the most obvious example, the warning labels on cigarette packages were utilized by the industry to fight liability; if consumers were warned, the risks would be their responsibility.

David Kessler's attempt to bring cigarettes under the aegis of the FDA clearly were designed to serve public health. But there is now a good deal of ambiguity about how FDA regulation would work as companies, led by Philip Morris, make new claims about so-called "harm reduced" products.

As you point out, Congress is in a position to regulate cigarettes without the potential legitimation of FDA regulation.

It will be interesting to see how this latest move for FDA authority plays out in Congress and within the industry.

AB
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    The Perseus Books Group Message Boards Forum Index -> Cigarette Century All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group
Protected by Anti-Spam ACP