In an op ed published May 10 in the New York Times, Dr. Kenneth Warner, asks the FDA to use their authority wisely to regulate novel products containing nicotine and/or tobacco. Dr. Warner, the Avedis Donabedian distinguished university professor of public health and former dean of the University of Michigan SPH, asserts: “Novel products such as e-cigarettes hold the potential to help thousands of Americans to quit smoking. Vaping is unquestionably less dangerous than smoking. The trick, then, is how to regulate e-cigarettes and other novel products to maximize their potential to reduce harm while simultaneously discouraging their use by young people who otherwise would never be exposed to nicotine.”
Dr. Warner suggests what he terms “a better way.” Warner’s New York Times op ed can be found here.
[Photo: Dr. Kenneth E. Warner]