Ex-FDA chief urges agency to step up cigarette regulation

06/17/2010 | Washington Post, The

A former FDA commissioner, David Kessler, said that the agency should do much more with its new authority over cigarettes. Namely, he said the agency should minimize nicotine levels in cigarettes to aid smoking cessation and "save 200,000 to 300,000 lives a year." Kessler's statement comes a week ahead of the implementation of certain FDA restrictions on tobacco marketing.

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