WASHINGTON -- In what appears to be the most revealing look thus far into how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will handle tobacco issues under the Trump administration, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the newly appointed commissioner to head the FDA, issued an extended document focused on breaking nicotine addiction as a central strategy.
In addition, Gottlieb said alternatives to combustible cigarettes, such as electronic cigarettes, are in need of further public discussion and research, extending deadlines for manufacturers to submit their new-product applications to several years down the road.
“Envisioning a world where cigarettes would no longer create or sustain addiction, and where adults who still need or want nicotine could get it from alternative and less-harmful sources, needs to be the cornerstone of our efforts,” Gottlieb said. “And we believe it’s vital that we pursue this common ground.”
What follows are major elements within the document, made public July 28, 2017 …