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Regulators to request information about chemicals in tobacco products

By Megan R. Wilson 04/22/13 04:08 PM ET

The Food and Drug Administration has been given the green light to collect information from cigarette and tobacco companies about the chemicals they use.

Last year, the FDA issued guidance that asked tobacco companies to list the amount of more than 90 “harmful and potentially harmful constituents” in their products. In addition to nicotine, the HPHCs include acetaldehyde, ammonia, arsenic and formaldehyde.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) last week gave the FDA permission to ask companies about the substances. OMB also suggested that the Department of Health and Human Services delegate the information collection to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Congress ordered the collection of the information in the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.


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