Tobacco Oversight May Move From FDA Under Trump Budget
TRUMP BUDGET PLAN COULD PUSH TOBACCO OVERSIGHT OUT OF THE FDA
(CNN) – The Trump administration wants to change the way tobacco and e-cigarette products are regulated.
The proposal would shift the oversight of tobacco products out of the Food and Drug Administration’s control.
Instead, a new agency based out of the U.S. Department of Health and Human services would oversee tobacco products, the plan is laid out in a small line item in president Trump’s new $4.8 trillion budget.
The administration says the new agency would have a singular focus on tobacco and its impact on public health.
As such, they believe it would have greater capacity to respond quickly to the growing complexity of new tobacco products.
Critics like the American Lung Association say it’s like the wolf guarding the hen house.
They believe it could give industry more control over new products like e-cigarettes and vaping.
The FDA has received criticism for softening its stance on flavored vaping products because of industry pressure.
Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More than 16 million Americans live with some smoking-related disease.