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March 28, 2014- LCA, along with 32 other leading public health and medical organizations sent a letter to Mitchell Zeller, Director of FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, urging him to prioritize regulation of cigarette manufacturing and stop tobacco industry practices that have made cigarettes even more deadly and addictive than they were 50 years ago.
The new Surgeon General’s Report, which was released in January 2014, found that, although the prevalence of smoking has declined significantly, smokers today are at higher risk of developing lung cancer because of changes made to the design and composition of cigarettes. The report also states that the cigarette manufacturers have designed their product to provide doses of nicotine sufficient to create and sustain addiction. Up until 2009, with the passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, cigarette manufactures were free to manufacture and change their products without government oversight.