Posted by: audreybenenati | May 25, 2010

The Associated Press: FDA tobacco chief to industry: ‘Long way to go’


By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM (AP) – 1 day ago

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — The head of the government’s tobacco regulator says the Food and Drug Administration’s new power to regulate tobacco is a promising tool to reduce the toll of disease and death caused by tobacco use.

“This is an opportunity for me to serve my country by preventing its men, women and children from suffering and dying from tobacco-related diseases,” Dr. Lawrence Deyton, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products told attendees Monday at the Tobacco Merchants Association annual meeting in Williamsburg, Va.

Deyton, who has held the job for about nine months, said his job is to address the “enormous toll of confusion, suffering and death caused by the current state of tobacco use in this country.”

“And frankly, we have a long way to go,” he said.

via The Associated Press: FDA tobacco chief to industry: ‘Long way to go’.

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