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Ariva petition fails / FDA rejects request calling for regulation of tobacco product 

Jump to full article: Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch, 2003-08-30
Author: JOHN REID BLACKWELL / TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER

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The Food and Drug Administration has denied a request by public-health groups to regulate a Virginia company's lozengelike tobacco product.

Eighteen public-health groups filed a petition with the FDA in December 2001, asking the agency to classify Star Scientific Inc.'s Ariva smokeless tobacco product as a drug. . . .

Matthew Myers, president the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, said the FDA's decision, "defies common sense and leaves consumers unprotected."

"The bottom line is . . . this is a product that looks like a food, is used like a food and is packaged and marketed like a drug," Myers said. "This decision opens a loophole through which unscrupulous marketers will take advantage of the American public.

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