Center for Tobacco Products Needs Reforms, Not More Authority

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Despite the Food and Drug Administration being a failure to public health, federal lawmakers continue to give the agency more authority to eliminate what is left of the American mom-and-pop vape industry.

On March 15, President Biden signed an omnibus budget bill. Jammed in the 2,700-plus page budget bill was an amendment allowing the FDA to regulate synthetic nicotine as a tobacco product.

While congressman Frank Pallone, D-N.J., claims that this is a “big win for public health,” it’s actually a big win for the largest companies and the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP).

The FDA was given authority to regulate tobacco products under the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which established the CTP. 

Interestingly, CTP is “solely funded by tobacco user fees.” These fees are based on the “market share” of a particular tobacco product. In essence, the agency is funded by the people who buy tobacco products — smokers.

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Lindsey Stroud – InsideSources – 2022-03-23.

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