From: R Street
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.