In an attempt to curb smoking-related deaths, the FDA and NIH announced Thursday an initial $53 million in funding for the creation of 14 tobacco research centers. These centers are tasked with conducting studies to help the agencies shape tobacco regulations to further protect public health. "More than two years ago, FDA announced its intent to take this action, yet no progress has been made," said the AAP, along with 14 other public health groups, in a letter sent to President Barack Obama.

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