On June 11, Legacy hosted the second Warner Series lecture focusing on one of the key recommendations from the Surgeon General’s 50th Anniversary Report on the Health Consequences of Smoking. In the report, the Surgeon General calls for the acceleration of the national movement to reduce tobacco use, including the “Effective implementation of [Food and Drug Administration’s] (FDA) authority for tobacco product regulation in order to reduce tobacco product addictiveness and harmfulness.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products is responsible for carrying out the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which Congress passed and the President signed into law in 2009. This gives the FDA broad authority to regulate the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products in the interest of public health.
For this special Warner Series event, Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, spoke one-on-one with Legacy President and CEO Robin Koval about the Center's vision for the regulation of tobacco products to help reduce the death and disease toll caused by tobacco use.