-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- A new program creating 14
first-of-a-kind research centers for tobacco regulation in the
United States was announced by the federal government on
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. National
Institutes of Health awarded a total of up to $53 million to the 14
centers for the first year, with a potential sum of more than $273
million over the next five years.
Despite decades of work to reduce tobacco use, smoking continues
to be the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the
United States. The new Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science will
conduct research to help in the development and evaluation of
tobacco product regulations meant to protect public health.
Researchers will focus on seven specific areas: diversity of
tobacco products, reducing addiction, reducing toxicity and
carcinogenicity, harmful health consequences, communications,
marketing of tobacco products, and economics and policies.
The program will be coordinated by the NIH's Office of Disease
Prevention and administered by three NIH institutes: the National
Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
The program will "bring science-based regulation to the
manufacturing, marketing and distribution of tobacco products," FDA
commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said in an FDA news release.
The agency is also establishing science and research programs
designed to increase understanding of the risks associated with
"While we've made tremendous strides in reducing the use of tobacco products in the U.S., smoking still accounts for one in five deaths each year, which is far too many," NIH director Dr. Francis Collins said in the news release.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine outlines the
risks of tobacco.
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