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August 28, 2012 Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg describing new tobacco industry documents that show tobacco companies are manipulating their products to exploit regulatory and tax loopholes. According to the letter, new data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that these tobacco industry strategies have resulted in alarming use of unregulated flavored cigars by young adults. Rep. Waxman is joining local Los Angeles health leaders for a press conference in Los Angeles at noon PDT to discuss the implications of the tobacco industry documents and address the new findings from CDC on current cigar use among young adults.
“The tobacco industry is relentless in seeking new ways to hook children,” said Rep. Waxman. “After Congress outlawed flavorings in cigarettes, tobacco companies began promoting cigarette-like cigars and pipe tobacco as a way to circumvent the flavoring ban and avoid paying their fair share of taxes. Today I am calling on FDA to take immediate and forceful action to close these loopholes and protect the public’s health.”
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