Washington, D.C. – The Chairman of the Task Force on Healthcare Improvements and its dedicated members have received a groundbreaking study from the American Consumer Institute that promises to shed light on innovative approaches to enhancing healthcare outcomes while simultaneously reducing healthcare expenditures.

This timely submission addresses the Task Force’s call for feedback on actions Congress can take to achieve improved healthcare results without escalating healthcare costs. The report investigates the relative harms of smoking and vaping, emphasizing potential reductions in smoking-related illnesses that could be accomplished through reevaluating the FDA approval process for smoking cessation products, including vaping and e-cigarette products. Such reductions promise enhanced health outcomes and a substantial reduction in healthcare spending, stemming from decreased utilization of healthcare services and increased longevity for consumers.

The comprehensive study effectively aligns with two of the five primary goals outlined in the Task Force’s August 25th communication. First, it explores the “regulatory, statutory, or implementation barriers that could be addressed to reduce healthcare spending” by delving into FDA-imposed regulations restricting access to smoking cessation products. Second, it provides tangible “examples of evidence-based, cost-effective preventive health measures or interventions that can reduce long-term health costs.” The study includes rigorous medical studies on the relative effects of smoking and vaping, alongside examples of programs successfully instituted in countries such as the United Kingdom.

Commenting on this submission, President of the American Consumer Institute, Steve Pociask stated, “Our organization is committed to delivering evidence-based solutions that can positively impact healthcare outcomes and reduce costs for consumers. This study offers a critical perspective on how reevaluating regulatory barriers and embracing proven, cost-effective preventive measures can lead to a healthier, more cost-efficient healthcare system.”

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