According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the Food and Drug Administration’s “Draft Guidance for Industry: Modified Risk Tobacco Product Applications,” will lead to animal studies being conducted if approved as currently written.
The group has therefore called on the FDA to change its guidance. Instead, PETA recommends FDA call for the use of “only modern, effective non-animal testing methods.” These include computer simulation, tests that use human cells, and clinical studies conducted with human smokers.
Everyone knows that tobacco products are inherently hazardous, addictive, and deadly and that decades of animal tests did not predict the link between smoking and cancer. PETA is calling on the FDA to make it clear, once and for all, that no more animals should suffer and die in tests for new tobacco products, ‘less harmful’ or not.”
— Kathy Guillermo, Vice President of Laboratory Investigations, PETA
The methods PETA recommends for avoiding animal testing are currently in use in Canada and are widely available. Several countries, including Belgium, Germany, and the U.K., have banned animal testing of tobacco products.
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