APA partners with Tobacco Free Kids and others to comment on proposed FDA regulations

The comments cite a significant body of scientific evidence substantiating the need for rigorous standards of tobacco product review
In a continuing effort to help ensure that psychological science is used to inform the regulatory actions of FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, APA partnered with several other public health organizations to endorse a set of comments on Applications for Premarket Review of New Tobacco Products (PDF, 378KB). Several APA scientists worked either directly on the formulation of the comments or on the review. The comments cite a significant body of scientific evidence substantiating the need for rigorous standards of tobacco product review because new products can, among other characteristics, change the absorption of nicotine, enhance the ease and attractiveness of tobacco use, or include other design changes that effect tobacco use behavior. The comments endorse the need for analytic chemistry studies of new products but also the need for behavioral studies of tobacco product use patterns, abuse liability and addictiveness, risk perception, effects of package labeling, and cessation rates for new users. The comments were prepared as FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee continues deliberating the health effects of dissolvable tobacco products (PDF, 53KB).