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Medical News & Perspectives
October 16, 2013

NIH, FDA Setting Up Research Centers to Generate Evidence Base to Inform Tobacco Regulation

JAMA. 2013;310(15):1550. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.280729

The federal government will spend $53 million in fiscal year 2013 on tobacco-related research designed to ensure that US tobacco regulatory actions and activities are based on sound and relevant scientific evidence.

The funding, announced September 19 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will create 14 Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science. The FDA and NIH will award more than $273 million over 5 years to the program, in hopes that the initiative will provide scientific evidence to help inform and assess the FDA’s prior, ongoing, and potential future regulatory activities. Research areas to be studied by the centers include diversity of tobacco products, reducing addiction, reducing toxicity and carcinogenicity, adverse health consequences, communications, marketing of tobacco products, and economics and policies.