Tobacco companies are now required to report the levels of 20 dangerous chemicals in their products. This requirement has been enacted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Companies have until April 2013 to display information about the dangerous chemicals in “consumer-friendly format.” The substances, including carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and ammonia, are associated with cancer, lung disease and many other health problems.
Although the FDA reported that there were 93 potentially dangerous chemicals in tobacco products, tobacco companies may be unable to have a complete report ready by the April 2013 deadline. This being the case, the FDA will only focus on 20 chemicals from the list.
The 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act allows the FDA “to regulate the content, marketing and sale of tobacco products.”
Along with this new requirement, the FDA will conduct studies on “modified-risk tobacco products,” that supposedly reduce harm or risk from tobacco-related diseases. But extensive research will be conducted before the FDA approves these products.
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