Posted: Sep 17, 2022 12:01 AM
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Every day, 1,300 Americans die from smoking-related diseases. Tragically, some people die from other causes such as suicide because smoking has made them unbearably ill. Rather than focusing on the primary goal of reducing diseases and deaths from smoking by authorizing proven ways to stop smoking, the United States has turned its attention to youth use of novel nicotine products. While the Food and Drug Administration dawdles and delays authorizing life-saving tobacco harm reduction products, adults who smoke have been tossed aside, left to suffer and die from horrible causes. The regulatory process in the United States that makes it nearly impossible for safer nicotine products to replace lethal combustible cigarettes needs to change and embrace innovation.
Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.Diseases that are related to smoking include multiple forms of cancer (not just lung cancer) including lip, oral cavity, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, larynx, cervix, kidneys, bladder, liver,