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New Spanish-Language Website Increases Access to FDA Tobacco Information

I am pleased to announce that many portions of FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) website are now available in Spanish. This new resource for the Spanish-speaking community will provide key information to our stakeholders in our common goal of reducing the tremendous toll of illness and death from tobacco use through FDA’s new role in tobacco product regulation. By increasing access to our content to the Spanish-speaking public we not only increase the reach of our message, but also make further in-roads into communities that play a key role in tackling this important public health issue.

Over the last several months, I’ve heard from many stakeholders in a number of ways about the overall need for CTP to provide key tobacco product information in different languages. This was echoed by a request from a woman named Sarah who submitted a request for low-literacy handouts in multiple languages to our CTP Tobacco Ideas Forum (which is a novel way for the public to submit a thought and then have it voted on by other stakeholders). Input like this from the general public, combined with what we’ve learned through many other communication channels, has led to the launch of this Spanish-version website. The first of several plain language handouts similar to what Sarah, and many others have requested, as well as a variety of free resources and tools are now available. These include:

  • The Break the Chain of Tobacco Addiction retailer education campaign web area, which includes translated printed materials that can be ordered online;
  • An digital timeline of the Tobacco Control Act, which highlights past achievements and upcoming deadlines required by the Act;
  • Multiple ways to connect with the us through social media;
  • Federal resources on youth tobacco prevention, effective treatment for nicotine addiction, and tobacco research and statistics;
  • And much more!

I encourage you to check out www.fda.gov/tabaco and let us know what you think. I also hope you will contribute to the CTP Tobacco Ideas Forum. We are listening and want your ideas to improve our efforts to effectively disseminate information about FDA tobacco regulations and to develop innovative ways to educate the public about the dangers of tobacco products use.

Thank you

–Lawrence R. Deyton, M.S.P.H., M.D., Director, FDA Center for Tobacco Products

  1. March 10, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Part of the “research and statistics” information supplied should also include monthly/yearly tabacco related deaths. Real stories could also be included and the devestating impact on family and loved ones. Perhaps targeting real youth health related horror stories will aid in youth tabacco addiction and prevention.

  2. March 11, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I think adding Spanish and other language materials is an excellent idea. This spreads the information into more areas and better serves those who have a limited use of English. Additionally, involving more people in this education process can only help to reduce the problem.

  3. March 14, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Good news! this is a great way of making Spanish people aware about the important about tobacco.

  4. April 16, 2011 at 7:44 am

    They should also create FDA Tobacco Information websites for other languages. Though, this is a good start to introduce new websites concerning about tobacco with different languages.

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    April 22, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I know adding Spanish and other language materials is an excellent way of other people can have access to it.

  6. July 12, 2011 at 1:20 am

    As I would like to see the Spanish speaking population reduce smoking, this might be ok temporarily. Teaching everyone English in this country would reduce costs in every area of government. Then we can all communicate more effectively and be on the same team rebuilding this great nation- all races and colors included.

  7. July 12, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    When it comes to getting information out to the public regarding harmful substances then every means should be used – including printing info in Spanish.

    I used to live in South Africa which has millions of people suffering from HIVAids and information on how to protect yourself against the virus was printed in the ELEVEN official languages of that country.

  8. July 27, 2011 at 9:31 am

    This spreads the information into more areas and better serves those who have a limited use of English. Additionally, involving more people in this education process can only help to reduce the problem.

  9. September 25, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Tobacco is a devil. Be aware from kids. Nice policy.

  10. Tina Nash
    September 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Unfortunately people still do not realise that tobbacco is a killer. Besides having policies it might help to start educating kids about the dangers of this thing.

  11. piromrak15
    September 30, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Region of the inquiry and statistics information furnished should also include monthly annual tabacco related deaths. Real stories could also be let in and the devestating impact on family and loved ones. Perhaps targeting real youth wellness related revulsion stories will aid in youth tabacco dependence and prevention.

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    October 1, 2011 at 1:33 am

    Just about two weeks before, we were informed that the project manager of our team was passed away. I got to know later that she suffered cancer for a period. I did not know if it was lung cancer. But I knew she smoked a lot.

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  15. David Bolton
    January 16, 2012 at 2:06 am

    It’s about time such important information was translated into Spanish! Anti-tobacco info should be available in any language; in addition, it should be promoted to as many readers as possible. How much longer will people have to die before they realize that smoking can be a killer?

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