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FDA Considering Requests to Label E-Cigarettes Less Risky than Smoking, ADA Urges More Research

December 09, 2014 The ADA last week urged the Food and Drug Administration to consider published and ongoing research before making a decision on a request by electronic cigarette manufacturers to allow them to label their products as less risky than smoking. The Association's Council on Scientific Affairs is preparing its own set of comments that will address the more technical and scientific topics in this area.

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act gave the FDA the authority to regulate tobacco (and nicotine delivery) products, including electronic cigarettes.

"Unfortunately, there is a scarcity of published research on—and certainly no scientific consensus about—the immediate and long-term effects of these new products on oral health," said Dr. Maxine Feinberg, ADA president, and Dr. Kathleen O'Loughlin, ADA executive director, in a Dec. 5 letter sent to the agency. "The lack of published literature makes it virtually impossible to justify claims that these products are somehow less harmful to the oral cavity than combustible tobacco products, or without other adverse effects," the letter continued.

Drs. Feinberg and O'Loughlin concluded by asking the FDA to consult with experts at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research about the current state of published research in this area.