Agency seeking public input on the implementation of new authority
During a White House ceremony on June 22, President Obama signed The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act into law, officially granting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate the production and marketing of tobacco products.
Short of giving the FDA power to ban tobacco products or eliminate nicotine completely, the new law will empower the agency to regulate levels of nicotine and other ingredients, as well as force greater disclosure of the contents of tobacco products and restrict false or misleading advertising.
The law also mandates the creation of a Center for Tobacco Products within FDA and directs the agency to form a 12-member Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee to steer the implementation of its new authority and to provide guidance on issues including the effects of altering nicotine yields and whether there is a threshold level at which nicotine becomes addictive. User fees will be levied on tobacco product manufacturers and importers to pay for the new tobacco regulation functions.
Through September 29, the FDA has invited the public to provide information and share views on topics ranging from product content to advertising and marketing. All public comments will be posted online.
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