Positive comments needed on AAPHP Petitions

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Positive comments needed on AAPHP Petitions

Postby VocalEK » Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:16 pm

This just in from Dr. Nitzkin:

About two weeks ago I submitted two tobacco-related petitions to FDA. The first requested that FDA reclassify electronic cigarettes from a drug to a tobacco product. The second requested a follow-up press conference to correct errors and misinterpretations of errors in their July 22, 2009 press conference. That press conference left many with the erroneous impressions that E-cigarettes might be more harmful than conventional cigarettes, that they are being marketed to teens, and that there is no information available to address these issues.

Neither I nor AAPHP have any financial relations ship with any tobacco-related or pharmaceutical enterprise. I have addressed this issue on behalf of the AAPHP Tobacco Control Task Force because of our perception that the possibility exists to save the lives of 4 million of the 8 million adult American smokers who will otherwise die of a tobacco related illness over the next 20 years. Per our analysis, the only way we can achieve this huge public health benefit will be through addition of a harm reduction initiative to current tobacco control programming by which current smokers are informed of the differences in risk profile presented by different types of tobacco products. In that context, e-cigarettes appear to be the very-low-risk product likely to be acceptable to most current smokers. With strict FDA regulation of manufacturing and marketing -- it should be possible to achieve this public health benefit without increasing the numbers of teens initiating tobacco use. FDA regulation of this product as a drug would mean a de-facto ban until clinical trials not required of other tobacco products can be completed.

Please note that the provisions of the newly adopted FDA/Tobacco law will require that FDA grant full FDA approval to currently marketed conventional cigarettes, and that the Supreme Court is virtually sure to rule that FDA cannot prevent the cigarette manufacturers from informing smokers of the FDA approval. Thus, the standard for comparison regarding the safety of alternate nicotine delivery products should not be the usual drug safety standards -- it should be in comparison with conventional cigarettes.

The two petitions (about 20 pages each) plus a common set of attachments (303 pages) are posted on the tobacco issues page of our http://www.aaphp.org web site. The petitions, but not the attachments are accessible and available for comment on the http://www.regulations.gov web site. To access the petitions there, go to http://www.regulations.gov and type in the docket number in the Keyword field. The docket number for the petition to reclassify is FDA-2010-P-0095-0001. The docket number for the petition regarding the press conference is FDA-2010-P-0093-0001.

Joel L. Nitzkin, MD, MPH, DPA
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Re: Positive comments needed on AAPHP Petitions

Postby Kate » Fri Mar 12, 2010 6:55 pm

Is CASAA officially campaigning for tobacco regulation?

I'll add links to these petitions at Vapers Network if you think this is the best option for the US. Please advise, thanks.
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