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FDA Proposal to Regulate More Tobacco Products

Image of some tobacco-related products in consideration for regulationThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently proposed a new rule that would extend their authority over additional tobacco products. Proposed additions include:

The FDA currently regulates the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of:

  • Cigarettes
  • Cigarette tobacco
  • Roll-your-own tobacco
  • Smokeless tobacco

The proposed rule is allowed by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, signed by the President in 2009.

In addition to extending the FDA’s authority over products that meet the legal definition of a tobacco product, the proposed rule would allow the FDA to:

  • Set age restrictions for purchasing the products
  • Conduct rigorous scientific reviews of the products and their claims
  • Create health warnings about the products

Bringing additional tobacco products under FDA’s authority is an important consumer protection. Science-based regulation can help reduce the public health burden of tobacco use on the American public, including youth.  When finalized, the rule will represent a significant first step in the agency’s ability to effectively regulate tobacco products and, as FDA learns more about these products, the agency will have additional opportunities over the long term to make a positive difference in the public health burden of tobacco use in this country.

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