Friday, September 18, 2009
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is launching a new effort to snuff out smoking, or at least regulate it.
Dr. Lawrence Deyton, who specializes in veterans’ health, public health and tobacco use, will be the first director of the new Center for Tobacco Products. Denton is a clinical professor of medicine and health policy at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
The center is supposed to implement the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act signed earlier this year by President Obama. The center will be housed at the FDA’s White Oak Campus in Silver Spring, Md., and funded by fees paid by tobacco manufacturers and importers.
Cigarette smoking causes 438,000 deaths, or about 1 of every 5 deaths annually. Adults who smoke cigarettes die 14 years earlier than nonsmokers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates.