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November 14, 2017

FDA’s Innovative Plan to Address the Enormous Toll of Smoking

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Health Management & Policy, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 2Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
JAMA. 2017;318(18):1755-1756. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.14336

On July 28, 2017, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, announced a comprehensive regulatory plan to expedite reducing the toll of more than 480 000 annual tobacco-related deaths in the United States.1 The plan is predicated on recognition that “nicotine—while highly addictive—is delivered through products that represent a continuum of risk and is most harmful when delivered through smoke particles in combustible cigarettes.”1

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