FDA Requires Tobacco Firms to Report Key Components of Cigarettes

Apr 2, 2012, 4:17 PM, Posted by NewPublicHealth

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will require tobacco companies to report on a range of toxic chemical ingredients, as well as back up any claims for "safer" tobacco products.

Both actions will have a public comment period, ending June 4, 2012, before the rules become final.

Under the proposed regulations, tobacco companies will be required to report quantities of 20 different ingredients associated with cancer, lung disease and other health problems on consumer-friendly packaging by the end of the year, and the agency plans to make the information available to the public in a consumer-friendly format by April 2013.

Tobacco manufacturers will also have to substantiate claims if they want to market a tobacco product as "less risky" to health.

>>Read a statement from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids on the new rules.

>>Read more about modified risk tobacco products.

>>Read more about potentially harmful chemicals in tobacco products.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.