The head of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said his agency should not regulate tobacco products.
In written remarks provided on October 3 to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Health, FDA Commissioner Andrew C. von Eschenbach, MD, said that the FDA is designed to facilitate and regulate the development of products promoting and protecting the public health. “FDA cannot ‘approve’ a tobacco product in this context, because there is no scientific context to determine benefit to outweigh the numerous risks,” wrote von Eschenbach, who did not attend the hearing.
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