ADPH supports new FDA regulations for all tobacco, smoking products effective Aug. 8

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New Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations for all tobacco and smoking products are poised to take effect next month in attempt to reduce the number of minors purchasing and using tobacco products.

Beginning Aug. 8, the FDA will review new tobacco products not yet on the market, help prevent misleading claims by tobacco product manufacturers, evaluate the ingredients of tobacco products and how they are made and communicate the potential risks of tobacco products by issuing health warnings and advisories.

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) came out Wednesday in support of the new regulations to restrict the sale of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco, among others, as well as to restrict the sale of all tobacco products to minors.

“Tobacco use remains a significant public health threat and is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Alabama,” Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Tom Miller said. “We applaud efforts by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to control these dangerous products.”

According to the ADPH, 9,000 deaths annually in Alabama are attributed to smoking-related diseases. These deaths are due to cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, secondhand smoke and smoking related fires.

A recent survey supported by the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show current e-cigarette use among high school students has increased from 1.5 percent in 2011 to 16 percent in 2015 — more than 900 percent.

The ADPH is concerned with a particular variety of e-cigarettes called “vaping,” which includes the use of liquid tobacco in e-cigarettes. These are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid — usually containing nicotine mixed with the chemicals propylene glycol and glycerin, and often flavorings ranging from bubble gum to watermelon — into a vapor that users can inhale. They deliver nicotine, a highly addictive drug, to the body without producing any smoke.

The ADPH hopes these new regulations will help combat the use of these dangerous products.

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  1. This is a news release presented as a story. The news is presented with the slant of the FDA, without any consideration of the actual regulations planned. A Martian might read this and think that prior to August 8, the FDA had never regulated tobacco. It would only take a little work for your organization to actually talk to someone affected by this new legislation without legislators. You could start by talking to a premium cigar retailer in your town. We own R&R Cigars in Tuscaloosa. Then, if you really wanted to do your homework, you might try talking to a premium cigar manufacturer. You would then learn that this has nothing to do with the preventing of teen smoking, unless you think that teens are walking into stores like ours to buy $10 cigars. You would discover that this is more likely to destroy American small businesses and Central American factories than prevent any teen from smoking. But, you can read the self serving press releases from the regulators.

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