Officials with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently unveiled a new online tool to let consumers report problems with any tobacco products. The Safety Reporting Portal (SRP) has been updated and now contains a new category for tobacco products. Under the update, health care professionals and consumers are provided with a standardized way to inform the FDA of suspected health or safety issues regarding tobacco products, according to Convenience Store News. Before this tool, people could only report these kinds of products to the FDA by using MedWatch, which does not ask questions specific to tobacco products.
There is no known safe tobacco product, but FDA can play a role in helping prevent certain unexpected health consequences from tobacco products, such as those that occur from defective tobacco products, or health or safety problems beyond those normally associated with tobacco product use, according to the FDA’s Ii-Lun Chen, M.D.
Our defective products lawyers understand that consumers should always report products that have been contaminated, defective or damaged. You can report products that don’t seem to smell or taste right. You could wind up uncovering something much more dangerous.