FDA Extends Authority to All Tobacco Products

Since June of 2009, the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) has regulated products including cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco, under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009. However, tobacco use remains the largest preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. With that in mind, and with intentions to further improve public health, the FDA extended tobacco regulations by subjecting tobacco products to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. With the new rule, the CTP will have the authority to regulate e-cigarettes, dissolvable products, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco including vape products, cigars, and more.

The provisions to the 2009 rule will require manufactures to submit a full report of ingredients, any harmful and potentially harmful constituents, a product for full FDA review, and complete elimination of modified risk tobacco products—which include those labeled, ‘light,’ ‘low,’ or ‘mild.’

Changes also include attempts to better restrict youth access to tobacco products. Prior to this rule, no federal law prohibited retailers selling e-cigarettes, hookah tobacco, or cigars to individuals under the age of 18. The new rule will require retailers to check a photo ID to verify the consumer is over the age of 18. In addition, it prohibits the sale of tobacco through any vending machine system.

The rule will go into effect August 8, 2016. You can learn more by visiting the FDA’s website.

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