WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently finalized a rule extending its authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco, among others.
“We have more to do to help protect Americans from the dangers of tobacco and nicotine, especially our youth. As cigarette smoking among those under 18 has fallen, the use of other nicotine products, including e-cigarettes, has taken a drastic leap. All of this is creating a new generation of Americans who are at risk of addiction,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell. “Today’s announcement is an important step in the fight for a tobacco-free generation – it will help us catch up with changes in the marketplace, put into place rules that protect our kids and give adults information they need to make informed decisions.”
The actions being taken will help the FDA prevent misleading claims by tobacco product manufacturers, evaluate the ingredients of tobacco products and how they are made, as well as communicate their potential risks. The FDA will issue orders granting marketing authorization where appropriate; otherwise, the product will face FDA enforcement.
This action marks a new chapter in the FDA’s efforts to end preventable tobacco-related disease and death and is a milestone in consumer protection.
For the full FDA report on the new regulations, visit: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm499234.htm. Submitted by C. Rochelle Culp, Project Director, Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition.