FDA Tobacco Action Center
In June 2009, President Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, giving the Food and Drug Administration unprecedented authority to protect the public health by regulating tobacco products. The ultimate success of the law will depend on an active and engaged public health community that works to support the FDA with the best evidence and input available. This is particularly important given the antics of the tobacco industry in the regulatory process so far. The tobacco industry has opposed nearly every action the agency has taken and has already filed four lawsuits in efforts to block various provisions in the law. The public health community must provide a strong counterbalance to the tobacco industry’s immense resources to ensure that the FDA enacts bold regulations to protect public health.
- Call on the FDA to Prohibit Menthol Cigarettes
Public health groups are petitioning the FDA to prohibit menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes. Submit your supporting comment.today.
- Urge FDA to Implement Track and Trace Program
Public health groups are petitioning the FDA to take steps to combat tobacco contraband. Submit your comment supporting this important petition.
- Weigh in on Third Party Governance Models
The FDA is considering third party governance models to oversee tobacco product research. Submit comments by September 30, 2013.
The Consortium’s FDA tobacco project is designed to mobilize the public health community to improve and support FDA regulation of tobacco. To ensure that the FDA is supported by an informed and engaged public health community, 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; and
- Proactively engage with the FDA to shape its agenda for the benefit of public health.
The tobacco industry has been busy challenging provisions of the Tobacco Control Act since the law passed in 2009. The Consortium has developed litigation resources to explain what is at stake in each lawsuit and track their progress through the court system.
- Litigation Update (last updated: 4/1/2013)
- Cigarette Graphic Warnings and the Divided Federal Courts (2013)
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- The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium and eighteen other leading public health organizations filed a Citizen Petition urging the FDA to protect America's health by prohibiting menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes. View the petition and submit your supporting comment.
- R.J. Reynolds and other tobacco companies are petitioning the FDA to change the way the user fees paid by manufacturers and importers are calculated and assessed. Submit your comment opposing this unnecessary petition.
- The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and six national organizations are petitioning the FDA to establish a “track-and-trace” system to monitor the distribution of cigarettes and other tobacco products. Submit your comment supporting this petition.
- R.J. Reynolds is petitioning the FDA to weaken the required smokeless tobacco warning label. Submit your comment opposing this harmful petition.
- The University of Maryland has petitioned the FDA to assert jurisdiction over and begin regulating cigars. Submit your comment in support of this petition.
Requests for Information
- Third-Party Governance: The FDA held a workshop on March 19-20, 2013, to receive input regarding third party governance models that may be applicable to tobacco product research. The agency has opened a docket to accept written comments from the public. Submit your comment by September 30, 2013.
Contact FDA Tobacco Project staff attorneys:
Desmond Jenson: firstname.lastname@example.org or (651) 695-7612
Joelle Lester: email@example.com or (651) 695-7603
PLEASE NOTE that although commenting on FDA regulations does not traditionally constitute lobbying, each organization must consider its own limitations based on its legal structure, funding sources and relevant law. If you have any questions regarding what activities are permitted for your organization, please contact your funder or an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.
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