As part of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act signed into law in 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is required to create and periodically update a list of those possibly harmful chemicals to users health which are in tobacco. Starting next year the level of chemicals, or harmful and potentially harmful constituents (HPHCs), in tobacco and tobacco smoke associated with cancer, lung disease and other health problems must be reported to the general public in an attempt to provide facts about tobacco.
Although there are more than 7,000 chemicals in tobacco and tobacco smoke, tobacco companies will be required to report the quantities of 93 of these HPHCs for every brand of product they sell in the U.S. The FDA is looking at constituents that are harmful or potentially harmful in “five disease outcomes”: cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory effects, developmental or reproductive effects, and addition. The FDA will focus on 20 HPHC’s this coming year, and a consumer-friendly report will be issued by April 2013.
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