Balneus

Australian Lefty on Politics, Governance, Science and Info Management

Tobacco now under FDA

Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-04-03


Australia should follow the example of the US (I don’t often say that!) where the FDA has been given oversight of the tobacco industry.  The US House of Representatives committee on Wednesday passed a bill for the first time that would give the Food and Drug Administration broad authority to regulate tobacco.  (See the Sci Am alert "House panel backs bill giving FDA tobacco power" 2008-04-02).

Unfortunately, Australia’s so-called Food and Safety Authority is dominated by industry, and it is separated from pharmaceutical regulators, despite the fact it is now legal to advertise health benefits of components of food (i.e. they are acting like drugs), so there is a conceptual dichotomy in operation.  The scope of the FDA is obvious from it’s full name: the Food and Drugs Administration.

Mind you, the only reason some tobacco companies are backing the US bill is because industry has such a good track record at influencing decisions!

The action by the US House of Representatives is described in snippets over the fold:

Funded exclusively by millions of dollars of user-fees levied on the industry, the bill would give power to the FDA over cigarettes and other forms of tobacco, an idea backed by public health groups, some tobacco companies and many Democrats.

“It’s hard to believe that the FDA regulates toothpaste but not cigarettes,” New Jersey Democrat Frank Pallone said in backing the bill.


See Also:

Advertisements

2 Responses to “Tobacco now under FDA”

  1. zombinol said

    Should be a step in a good direction for the USA, I agree it would be good to see such measures here.

    Now the ATF – (US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) will have to change its name, perhaps change it to ‘US Bureau of FA’.

    The change also indicates a safety improvement. Whereas drinking Alcohol, Smoking a cigarette and handling a Firearm all at the same time was not ideal, now concentration on just drinking alcohol and handling firearms will be less complicated! It sends a better more healthier message to the kiddies ;-)

  2. Dave Bath said

    Zombinol said:

    The change also indicates a safety improvement. Whereas drinking Alcohol, Smoking a cigarette and handling a Firearm all at the same time was not ideal

    Actually, it was ideal when people had flintlocks and bags of gunpowder, the idiots would tend to remove themselves from the gene pool!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: