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FDA launches new Center for Tobacco Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today launched its new Center for Tobacco Products. The new facility will oversee the implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act signed by President Obama in June 2009.

With much of the FDA’s tobacco regulatory efforts focusing on labeling, the move is almost certain to have ramifications for packagers of such products.

To implement the program, the FDA will start with $5 million from the fiscal year 2009 budget to establish the necessary administrative functions for the Center. As set forth in the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, funding for the Center and other activities related to the regulation of tobacco will come from user fees paid by manufacturers and importers of tobacco products.

Lawrence Deyton, M.D. M.S.P.H., an expert on veterans’ health issues, public health, tobacco use, and a clinical professor of medicine and health policy at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, will serve as the Center’s first director.

“We are thrilled to announce Dr. Deyton’s appointment as director of the Center for Tobacco Products and look forward to him joining the agency,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “He is the rare combination of public health expert, administrative leader, scientist, and clinician.”

Before coming to the FDA, Deyton was Chief Public Health and Environmental Hazards Officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. His responsibilities there included oversight of the VA’s public health programs including tobacco use, the health of women veterans, the long-term health consequences of military service, and the VA’s emergency preparation and response. He was selected after a national search.

The FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products is located on the FDA’s White Oak Campus in Silver Spring, Md.,

SOURCE: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    

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