TPSAC to Meet on Dissolvables

Committee to discuss nature and impact of dissolvable tobacco products this week

Linda Abu-Shalback Zid, Senior Editor

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) will meet on Thursday and Friday of this week to complete discussions of issues related to the nature and impact of the use of dissolvable tobacco products on the public health, as part of TPSAC’s required report to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Discussion will include the composition and characteristics of dissolvable tobacco products, product use, potential health effects and marketing.

The meeting will be held at the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products headquarters in Rockville, Md., but the public is encouraged to watch a free webcast. The link for the webcast will be available 12:30 p.m. on March 1, 2012, on the TPSAC webpage.

A summary memorandum from David Ashley, director of the Office of Science at CTP said that "TPSAC shall address (1) the risks and benefits to the population as a whole including users and nonusers of tobacco products; (2) the increased or decreased likelihood that existing users of tobacco products will stop using such products; and (3) the increased or decreased likelihood that those who do not use tobacco products will start using such products."

The committee also will discuss the draft summary of TPSAC’s report, and make final recommendations, according to the Ashley's memorandum.