APA and other groups comment on smokeless tobacco warning labels

FDA sought input and supporting evidence about how changes in the warnings would affect understanding of the risks.

On April 1, APA partnered with the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and several other scientific and public health advocacy groups to file comments on smokeless tobacco warning labels (PDF, 617KB) with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Four warning labels had been mandated by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act and FDA was seeking input and supporting evidence about how any changes in the warnings would affect both users' and nonusers' understanding of the risks associated with the use of smokeless tobacco products. Currently the four warnings are: “WARNING: This product can cause mouth cancer.” “WARNING: This product can cause gum disease and tooth loss.” “WARNING: This product is not a safe alternative to cigarettes.” “WARNING: Smokeless tobacco is addictive.”

In related news, on April 22 the U.S. Supreme Court let stand an appellate court ruling that upheld most provisions of the landmark 2009 law granting the FDA’s authority over tobacco products, including the requirement for large, graphic cigarette warning labels. For additional details, visit the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids website.

For more information on this issue contact Geoff Mumford.