FDA tobacco director ignores 2.5 million ‘anecdotal reports’ about e-cigarettes

From: R Street

by , Tobacco Truth

A feature of this month’s annual meeting of the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) was a videotaped interview with Mitch Zeller, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products. Following the video, I participated in a panel discussion of Zeller’s statements about e-cigarettes.

Mr. Zeller clearly implied that there was no population-level evidence that smokers had quit with e-cigarettes. He said the FDA is:

…absolutely aware of the anecdotal reports about individuals using e-cigarettes to help them quit, but we can’t make population-level policy on the basis of anecdotal reports … FDA is required to use a population health standard.

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