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By Michael P. Orsi
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Topic - Lawrence Deyton
The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it has issued about 1,200 warning letters to retailers in 15 states for violating federal tobacco regulations since beginning inspections under a 2009 law giving it authority to regulate the industry.
The Food and Drug Administration is planning to spend $600 million over five years to educate the public about the dangers of tobacco use.
The Food and Drug Administration is planning to spend about $600 million over five years to educate the public about the dangers of tobacco use. Declines in U.S. smoking rates have stalled in recent years.
Removing menthol cigarettes from the market would benefit public health because the minty flavoring has led to an increase in smokers and makes quitting harder, a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel said Friday.
"The law sets a high standard to make sure that tobacco products marketed to reduce risk actually reduce risk," Dr. Lawrence Deyton, director of FDA's tobacco center, told reporters on a conference call.
"We all recognize that almost all smokers start smoking when they are kids, and those kids have to get those tobacco products somewhere," Dr. Lawrence Deyton, director of the Center for Tobacco Products, said in an interview with The Associated Press. "The retail community really is on the front line of helping to prevent our kids from initiating tobacco use. ... It's very important for every neighborhood to know that their retailers are enforcing this new law."