WASHINGTONTwenty-two public health organizations have
again called on the federal government to initiate action against R.J. Reynolds
Co. to stop it from making unsubstantiated health-related claims about its
In separate letters to the Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS), the FDA, and the Federal Trade Commission, the groups contended
that a failure to act "is tantamount to a license to Reynolds and other
tobacco companies to make unsubstantiated and unproven health claims with
impunity and without fear of federal oversight."
In their letter to HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson, the health
organizations cited a recent report by the Institute of Medicine, which
concluded that none of the so-called reduced risk tobacco products have proven
less hazardous than standard cigarettes.
Eclipse uses a charcoal heat source containing a small amount
of tobacco at its tip, which burns. The heat from the burning tip passes
through a length of tobacco, which doesn’t burn, and glycerin, which
vaporizes. The result is smoke and flavor reaching the smoker.
R.J. Reynolds has claimed that Eclipse has 80% fewer
carcinogens in its smoke than do ultralight cigarettes. It currently markets
Eclipse in several sections of the country.