The 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:
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:
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.