On March 16, 2018, the FDA issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, seeking information as it considers the development of a product standard setting a maximum level of nicotine in cigarettes.
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The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to protect the public health by regulating tobacco products. We educate and mobilize the public health community to engage with the FDA to promote bold and effective tobacco regulation.
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On March 21, 2018, the FDA issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, seeking information on the role of flavors in tobacco products, including the role of menthol in cigarettes.
On March 21, 2018, the FDA issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, seeking information about premium cigars.
The FDA is seeking public comment on a draft concept paper regarding the potential for illicit trade markets to develop in response to a tobacco product standard.
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (RJR) has filed a Modified Risk Tobacco Product Application to the FDA for several varieties of its Camel Snus product.
Philip Morris International (PMI) has filed a Modified Risk Tobacco Product Application to the FDA for its iQOS system.
On July 28, 2017, the FDA announced a comprehensive regulatory plan for tobacco products that establishes a cohesive agency-wide approach to nicotine.
Since taking office, the Trump administration has taken several steps to delay, halt, and rollback federal regulation. Some of these actions have had larger impacts than others.
The FDA’s deeming regulation is being challenged in multiple courts around the country. This is the current status of each case.
In addition to the challenges to the FDA’s deeming rule, other FDA regulations and the preemptive scope of the Tobacco Control Act have been litigated as well. We track this litigation and provide easy-to-understand summaries of the cases.
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About The FDA Tobacco Action Center
FDA Regulatory Authority
The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration unprecedented authority to regulate tobacco products. The FDA’s regulatory process requires an informed and engaged public to support bold regulation. The tobacco industry continues to commit tremendous resources to this process and the public health community must do all that it can to counter the industry’s influence.
Public Health Legal Technical Assistance
To assist public health officials, advocates, lawyers, and researchers, the Consortium’s FDA tobacco project is working to make the FDA’s process easy to navigate. Ultimately, we are working to achieve several goals:
- Provide strong, evidence-based information to help the FDA enact strong tobacco regulations to promote public health.
- Help the FDA defend its decisions against the tobacco industry’s legal challenges.
- Proactively engage with the FDA to shape its agenda for the benefit of public health.
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