In a news release on August 19th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration launched its new Center for Tobacco Products. The Center will strive to implement the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that President Obama enacted in June. Additionally Lawrence Deyton has been named as the Center’s first director. Deyton is an expert on veterans’ health issues, public health, tobacco use, and is a clinical professor of medicine and health policy at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
“I am eager for the challenge of leading the tobacco team at FDA,” said Deyton. “This is a tremendous opportunity for us at FDA to work hand-in-hand with the CDC, researchers at the National Institutes of Health, and public health leaders in the states to make progress in combating tobacco use – the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.”
Regardless of your politics this is a step in the right direction in our fight against the nicotine!