The
U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products has
issued draft recommendations for the testing of some tobacco products. This
guidance would allow companies to conduct cruel animal tests to demonstrate the
“reduced risks” of new products and ingredients. These deadly tests
are included in the guidance even though they are irrelevant to human smokers
and there are more modern and accurate non-animal methods available, such as
computer simulation, tests using human cells, and clinical studies with human
smokers.

In
some of the horrendous tobacco tests that could be conducted, rats would be forced to breathe tobacco smoke for as long as six hours a
day for months at a time

by jamming the animals into tiny canisters and pumping concentrated cigarette
smoke directly into their noses. The
animals would then be killed and their bodies dissected.

For
decades, the tobacco industry used results from these misleading animal tests
to deny the link between smoking and cancer because animals forced to inhale
cigarette smoke don’t
develop the same diseases that human smokers do
.

Belgium, Germany, the U.K., and other countries have banned the
testing of tobacco products on animals, and all the tobacco safety tests
required by the Canadian government are modern, non-animal methods.

We
need to tell the FDA loudly and clearly that no more animals should suffer and
die for these archaic, inaccurate, and cruel tests on products that we already
know are deadly when used as directed!

Please exercise your right as a
U.S. citizen to submit
a polite comment
to the FDA
urging it to remove any language
recommending or allowing animal tests from its draft guidance on tobacco
product testing.

Note: Comments must be submitted before June 4, 2012. Click the button below to submit your comment
now.

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Article source: PETA Action Alerts

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