Oral health groups sign joint letter urging regulation of synthetic nicotine

Five dental organizations recently joined 57 other health groups asking legislators to allow the FDA to regulate synthetic nicotine products. 

The March 7 letter referred to e-cigarette manufacturers' use of synthetic nicotine as a way to avoid FDA regulation because the products are not derived from tobacco and called it a "growing threat to our nation's youth". The letter urged Congress to pass legislation at the "earliest possible opportunity" that would authorize the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products to regulate synthetic nicotine products.

The oral health groups who signed the letter are the American Dental Association; American Dental Education Association; American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research; American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology; and the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.

A day after the letter was sent, lawmakers said they would grant the FDA the regulation authority in Congress' upcoming spending bill, the ADA said in a March 9 news release.

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