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Question and Answer with Matt Holman, Ph.D., Director of CTP’s Office of Science

Matt Holman, Ph.D., Director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products’ (CTP) Office of Science, has over 17 years of experience working as a regulatory scientist, getting his start at FDA in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)....
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How Could Lowering Nicotine Levels in Cigarettes Change the Future of Public Health?

On March 15, 2018, FDA issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to seek comments on a potential nicotine product standard, encouraging the public to submit comments, research, and data on a number of related topics.
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FDA Proposes New Health Warnings for Cigarette Packs and Ads

Using new text statements and color images, the agency is poised to fill gaps in the public's understanding of cigarette smoking's negative health consequences.
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How are Non-Combusted Cigarettes, Sometimes Called Heat-Not-Burn Products, Different...

You may have heard about non-combusted cigarettes, heated tobacco products, or heat-not-burn products. These products generally heat dry tobacco to create an aerosol that the user inhales.
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Think E-Cigs Can’t Harm Teens’ Health?

By approximately age 11 for girls and 14 for boys, the brain is about as big as it’s going to get. But size aside, this organ at the center of sensation and intellect will continue to develop for years after that—into a person’s mid to late 20s....
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Questions and Answers on the National Youth Tobacco Survey: How We Collect and Analyze...

Find out how FDA and CDC collect and analyze National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) data to understand trends in youth tobacco use.
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Chemicals in Tobacco Products and Your Health

You probably know that cigarette smoking kills you. You probably know that cigarettes contain chemicals—a mix of over 7,000 chemicals, in fact—that can cause diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and COPD. You may not know that other...
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FDA Launches New Campaign: "The Real Cost" Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Campaign

In 2014, e-cigarettes surpassed combustible cigarettes as the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. middle and high school students reporting current tobacco use. By 2017, more than 2 million teens were currently using e-cigarettes, and...
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PATH Study Findings Give Insight into Flavored Tobacco, Health Effects of E-Cigarettes,...

Tobacco regulation is a dynamic field and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) relies on a robust science base to develop regulations that improve public health. Below you can learn more about initial findings from the Population Assessment...
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Tobacco Regulatory Science Research Program

CTP assesses existing scientific evidence and supports new research to inform regulatory actions intended to protect the public health.
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Quitting Smoking: Closer with Every Attempt

Cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, accounting for 480,000 premature deaths per year.
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Nicotine: The Addictive Chemical in Tobacco Products

Nicotine is a highly addictive chemical compound present in the tobacco plant. Tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, hookah tobacco, and most e-cigarettes, contain nicotine.
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Lung Cancer and Smoking

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of American men and women. Not all people who get lung cancer are smokers, but many people who smoke do get lung cancer.
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Diabetes and Tobacco Use

It is a known fact that smoking poses serious health risks, negatively impacting vital organs like the lungs and the heart. But did you know that smoking can increase your risk for Type 2 diabetes?
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Heart Health and Smoking

When it comes to understanding the health risks of smoking, most people think first about its impact on the lungs. The truth is that smoking can hurt almost any part of your body—including your heart.
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