Panel says FDA should not trust tobacco industry’s research

The IOM report recommends using third-party auditors to vet scientific research on tobacco products and says the FDA should make tobacco data public.

The American Lung Association praised the IOM recommendations. Millions of smokers died because they believed “light” and “low-tar” cigarettes were less dangerous, the group said.

“The scientific standards recommended by this expert panel are designed to prevent a repeat of similar attempts to deceive the American public,” the association said in a statement. “We encourage the FDA to heed these lessons and never lose sight of the deception and fraud perpetrated for decades by Big Tobacco.”