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Health Agencies Update
October 28, 2009

Tobacco Oversight

JAMA. 2009;302(16):1743. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1531

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a new center to administer the agency's oversight of tobacco products.

The agency was granted the authority to oversee tobacco products by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, signed into law by President Obama in June. Under the law, the agency will establish standards for tobacco products, review premarket applications for tobacco-related products, and establish and enforce marketing restrictions on tobacco products. The FDA's new Center for Tobacco Products will operate under the leadership of Lawrence Deyton, MD, MSPH. Deyton previously was the chief public health and environmental hazards officer at the Veterans Health Administration, where he oversaw efforts to boost smoking cessation rates among veterans.

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