American Academy of Family Physicians Welcomes FDA Action on Flavored Nicotine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Friday, November 16, 2018

Statement attributable to:
John Cullen, MD
President
American Academy of Family Physicians

The American Academy of Family Physicians applauds the FDA taking steps to protect youth and help addicted adult smokers quit with its Comprehensive Plan for Tobacco and Nicotine Regulation(www.fda.gov). The AAFP will thoroughly review the plan and will provide comment to the FDA.

Family physicians play a critical role in their patients’ lives for tobacco prevention and cessation. Increased regulation proposed today, including banning flavored cigars and halting the marketing of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) to children protects them from predatory practices that lead to increased consumption. In addition, banning the sale of flavored ENDS products that are sold in locations open to all ages protects them from health harms associated with tobacco use.

These and similar moves have the potential to impact generations to come and help ensure that the youngest members of society are safeguarded against what we know to be addictive and a deadly public health concern. The FDA must continue to help regulate an industry that is in direct conflict with public health. And we will continue to advocate for effective policies to prevent and treat tobacco and nicotine addiction.

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Cullen, contact Stephanie A. Wilken, 800-274-2237, Ext. 6053, or swilken@aafp.org.

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