An FDA ruling in March now requires Tobacco companies to inform consumers of the many harmful chemicals they put in their products. And they must provide proof that their “reduced harm” products really are less harmful for consumers to use.
These rulings are a result of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The new rules require tobacco companies to provide the public with previously untold information about the many dangerous chemical ingredients in their products. It’s part of an effort to prevent tobacco companies from misleading Americans about the health risks of using tobacco products.
So just how many harmful chemicals are in tobacco products? Cigarettes contain as many as 7,000 chemicals, and many of them are hazardous to your health. The FDA has compiled a list of 93 harmful chemicals that tobacco companies must now report, including quantities, if they include these dangerous chemicals in their products.
“For the first time, all tobacco manufacturers and importers will be required to report quantities of potentially harmful chemicals and chemical compounds in every regulated tobacco product they sell in the United States,” says Lawrence Deyton, MD, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products.
For tobacco products that claim to “reduce harm,” or reduce the risks of tobacco-related health problems, the Tobacco Control Act requires rigid standards to be met before a product can be advertised with a “reduced harm” claim. Tobacco manufacturers must provide proof that their products reduce the risk of harm or reduce the risk of exposure to individuals and benefit the health of the population as a whole.
“We will continue to do everything we can to help smokers quit and prevent kids from starting this deadly addiction,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Tobacco Use is the Leading Cause of Preventable Death in America
Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC reports that tobacco use is responsible for about one in every five deaths in America each year, totally about 443,000 deaths annually with about 49,000 of these deaths caused by second-hand smoke. The CDC estimates that tobacco use costs the U.S. well over $200,000 billion in medical expenses and lost productivity each year.
Worldwide, the CDC estimates that tobacco use causes more than 5 million deaths each year, and if current trends continue, tobacco use is expected to cause more than 8 million deaths annually by 2030.
These deaths are considered preventable because smoking is a choice, and if more people chose not to smoke, the vast majority of these deaths could be prevented.
On average, the CDC says smokers cut their lives short by 13 to 14 years compared to non-smokers. And, often the smoking-related illnesses that smokers develop in their final years cause them to experience untold suffering.
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- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012. Smoking and Tobacco Use: Fast Facts. [Online]Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fast_facts/index.htm[Accessed 7 June 2012].
- Kearns, R., 2012. FDA: Tobacco Companies Must Reveal Harmful Chemicals. [Online]
Available at: http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/news/20120330/fda-tobacco-companies-must-reveal-harmful-chemicals[Accessed 7 June 2012].