Don't look now, but it seems that the FDA is starting to come out of hibernation. In addition to a webinar about the CTP, the agency just published a post from tobacco chief Zeller. Oddly the piece is the sort of thing you'd write shortly after starting a new job, not over half a year later. But never fear the FDA is here to protect the kids with science!
Much of what’s made my experience at CTP so gratifying is that I’ve had the opportunity to build on the strong foundation left to me by CTP’s first director, Dr. Lawrence Deyton. From that foundation, we will continue to move forward, using all the tools available to us in the Tobacco Control Act to transform tobacco for a healthier tomorrow. This is particularly important – especially since each year, more than 300,000 kids under 18 become regular smokers. But we can, and must, change that.
It’s true that tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the U.S., resulting in more than 443,000 deaths every single year. But FDA’s ability to enact science-based regulation has true potential to reduce the huge death and disease toll from tobacco use.
I'm guessing this time the groundhog isn't going to see its shadow and go back to bed. It may finally be time the genie has been let out the bottle.