FDA Will Require Tobacco Companies to List Harmful Ingredients

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David De Lossy/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Food and Drug Administration announced on Friday that it will require the tobacco industry to disclose a number of harmful chemical ingredients and also to back up claims for tobacco products marketed as “less risky” to health, Health Day reports.

There are more than 7,000 chemicals in tobacco and tobacco smoke and the FDA has a list of 93 chemicals that cause or may cause harm to smokers or non-smokers, including formaldehyde, nicotine, arsenic, cadmium, ammonia and carbon monoxide. Under the new requirement, tobacco companies will have to list quantities of 20 ingredients linked with cancer, lung disease and other diseases by April 2013.

Tobacco companies will also be required to back up claims that tobacco products marketed as “less risky,” such as roll-your-own and smokeless tobacco products, are safer.

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