FDA Looks Forward to More Tobacco Regulation

WILLAMSBURG, Va. -- The government's lead tobacco regulator recently said the Food and Drug Administration's new ability to regulate tobacco is a promising tool to reduce disease and death caused by tobacco use, according to an Associated Press report.

Dr. Lawrence Deyton, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products, told attendees at the Tobacco Merchants Association's annual meeting the agency has "a long way to go" in overseeing the industry.

The FDA's authority was the primary topic of discussion at the two-day gathering of tobacco manufacturers, growers and retailers. The FDA may now ban certain products, limit nicotine and block some labels. FDA cannot ban nicotine or tobacco.

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