Items of Interest: Policy Updates

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), raising taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products is the best way to save lives as well as billions of dollars in health expenditures.

The Maryland Attorney General has joined the lawsuit started by the African American Leadership Council to compel the FDA to ban menthol in tobacco products as recommended by the FDA's Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (“TPSAC”) in 2011.

UPDATE:  In December 2016 the FDA removed its previous Boxed Warning concerning mental health side effects from both Chantix and Zyban labels.  Patients should still be monitored from their health care prescriber.   FDA reports clearly that taking medication to stop smoking outweighs possible side effects.