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Medical News & Perspectives
November 18, 2009

FDA Exercises New Authority to Regulate Tobacco Products, But Some Limits Remain

JAMA. 2009;302(19):2078-2081. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1632

With great fanfare, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on September 22 announced a ban on certain flavored cigarettes that, the agency says, are aimed at enticing children to smoke.

“Almost 90% of adult smokers start smoking as teenagers, and these flavored cigarettes are a gateway for many children and young adults to become regular smokers,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MD, at a press conference announcing the ban.