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FDA: Extending Authorities to All Tobacco Products, Including E-Cigarettes, Cigars, and Hookah

Monday, August 08, 2016

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FDA: Extending Authorities to All Tobacco Products, Including E-Cigarettes, Cigars, and Hookah

WASHINGTON, D.C. - — The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) commends today’s announcement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the final deeming regulation over all tobacco products. Beginning today, August 8, 2016, the FDA’s new rule will go into effect, extending their authority to include the regulation of electronic nicotine delivery systems, all cigars, hookah tobacco, pipe tobacco and nicotine gels, among others.

According to the FDA, tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. As part of its goal to improve public health and protect future generations from the risks of tobacco use, the FDA has extended its authority to cover all products that meet the definition of a tobacco product. The FDA will now be able to:

Review new tobacco products not yet on the market;

Help prevent misleading claims by tobacco product manufacturers;

Evaluate the ingredients of tobacco products and how they are made; and

Communicate the potential risks of tobacco products.

“Before this final rule, these products could be sold without any review of their ingredients, how they were made, and their potential dangers,” explains Mitch Zeller, J.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. “Under this new rule, we’re taking steps to protect Americans from the dangers of tobacco products, ensure these tobacco products have health warnings, and restrict sales to minors.”