ACC President Comments on Proposed Tobacco Regulations

Contact: Stephanie Abraham,, 202-308-8574

WASHINGTON (April 25, 2014) —The American College of Cardiology President Patrick T. O’Gara, MD, FACC made the following statement today after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released proposed regulations on several forms of new tobacco products, including e-cigarettes:

“Restricting the sale of harmful substances and limiting the tobacco industry’s marketing tactics reflects an understanding of just how harmful all types of tobacco products are to the human body. As we all know, tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of heart disease, disability and death in the United States. We congratulate the FDA on taking this first step to protect the public health through the policies proposed in this regulation. We look forward to working with the FDA and our partners in the medical and public health communities to strengthen the proposed regulations as needed and complete this important work.”

The American College of Cardiology is a 47,000-member medical society that is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information, visit


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