Tobacco companies beware, reporting requirements on harmful chemical contents in your products

If Sir Richard Doll the eminent epidemiologist were alive, he would have been the happiest man. He was the first scientist to establish a link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer. He coauthored a paper in the British Medical Journal in 1954. An update coauthored by him in 2004 in the same journal  showed that fifty percent of smokers will die of it.

He would have certainly applauded the decision of The US Food and Drug Administration(USFDA) to impose stringent reporting requirements on tobacco manufacturers. Once the rules become effective by the end of the year, they will have to report the concentrations of the Harmful and Potentially Harmful Constituents (HPHCs) in their products.

Scientific studies show that there are 7,000 chemicals in tobacco and tobacco smoke.US FDA has identified 93 of them as HPHCs. FDA demands reporting of 20 out of the 93 to begin with.

Details of  US FDA decision may be accessed at:

http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm297878.htm?source=govdelivery and other notices

Let us hope that the restrictions put small companies out of business and the bigger ones to make the product so expensive that smokers will be encouraged to kick habit!

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About ksparthasarathy

I am a former Secretary of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. I am a former Raja Ramanna Fellow in the Department of Atomic Energy. Free lance journalism is my hobby
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