Congress investigates the FDA’s chaotic tobacco policy

In Politics by Michael Rae

Millions of consumers have been misinformed about the risks of e-cigarettes and denied access to the majority of these alternatives to smoking. Now Congress is intervening to potentially hold the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accountable for its role in the misinformation. 

Thanks to the FDA, the market for alternatives like e-cigarettes is in a state of severe dysfunction. In December, the Reagan-Udall Foundation (RUF), an independent organization created by Congress to assist the FDA with recommendations for modernizing research and product development, evaluated the FDA’s performance as a tobacco regulator. RUF found the agency has struggled to function as a regulator. The