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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Tobacco Products

This Week in CTP – September 20, 2013


FDA and NIH Create First-of-kind Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) yesterday, as part of an on-going interagency partnership, awarded a total of up to $53 million to fund tobacco-related research in fiscal year 2013 to create 14 Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS).


A new, first-of-its-kind regulatory science tobacco program, TCORS are designed to generate research to inform the regulation of tobacco products to protect public health. Research from TCORS will help inform and assess the impact of FDA’s prior, ongoing and potential future tobacco regulatory activities. In addition, the TCORS investigators will have the flexibility and capacity to begin new research to address issues raised in today’s rapidly evolving tobacco marketplace.


For more information, read the FDA’s news release and visit the TCORS webpage.