FDA: Tobacco Companies Must Report Ingredients

By: AP
By: AP

Tobacco companies will be required to report levels of dangerous chemicals found in cigarettes, chew and other products, under the latest rules designed to tighten restrictions on the tobacco industry.

The preliminary rule from the Food and Drug Administration marks the first time tobacco makers will be required to report quantities of 20 ingredients associated with cancer, lung disease and other health problems. The FDA will require companies to display the information in consumer-friendly packaging by next April.

Regulators have identified more than 93 harmful or potentially harmful chemicals in tobacco products, though the agency is only focusing on 20 for now.

A law enacted in 2009 gave the FDA authority to regulate a number of aspects of tobacco marketing and manufacturing, though the agency cannot ban nicotine.

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  • by jon Location: Saint Louis, mo @ Japan, Japan on Mar 30, 2012 at 06:28 PM
    Finally the FDA is getting some balls. In countries like japan the buying age for tobacco is 20...which makes us think. Why do we still in the US allow teenagers 18-19 to buy an addicting and harmful substance that we know they are giving to their friends who are under 18. Having the age set to 20 like we did for alcohol with 18 to 21 would be a great idea. We know now that 18yr olds shouldnt buy alcohol so we made it 21, so lets do that with cigs, and make it 20 so at least we can say "We as a country and as parents and responsible people refuse to allow our teenagers to buy a substance we know to be deadly are not mature enought to handle."
  • by LUTETIA Location: WACO TEXAS on Mar 30, 2012 at 04:16 PM
    JUAN your a ignorant idiotic dimwit for saying that about cigarettes.my grandmother worked on her daddy's tabacco farm so what's so wrong with tabacco nothing.my mother went behind her dad's back and started smoking at 16 years old which i should've started smoking at 13 to 16 years old.
  • by Juan on Mar 30, 2012 at 12:54 PM
    Why does the government even allow cigarettes? they are as bad if not worse than illegal drugs!
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      by E on Mar 30, 2012 at 02:47 PM in reply to Juan
      They are more addicting than illegal drugs. That's a proven fact. The government allows them because they are made by very powerful corporations that pay a lot to money to lobbiest in Congress. They are also responsible for keeping mmj and other not so "hardcore" drugs illegal along with the companies that make alcoholic beverages.
  • by Joe Location: COS on Mar 30, 2012 at 12:32 PM
    About time - if more people knew what was used in cigarettes, they probably wouldn't smoke, or would at least seek out natural tobacco products without all of the extra junk. A nice step forward, but until nicotine or tobacco itself are made illegal (yes...I know about the potential for black market), the numbers of people who find cigarettes so readily available and appealing will not really drop all that much. As someone who is addicted to nicotine, I truly despise cigarettes and wish I could quit. Don't even start on all of the patches and etc; I am very aware of them. The corner store is right next door, and I live with a smoker.
  • by Ha! on Mar 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM
    I guess they're upset because they have to tell you about all the side effects with drugs that can kill you or cause a plethora of problems you didn't have! Probably more people are hooked on prescription drugs than illegal ones and tobacco!
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