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FDA Issues Proposed Rule to Deem Tobacco Products

On April 24, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products issued a proposed rule that would deem formerly unregulated products as “tobacco products” subject to FDA regulation under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009. 

The proposed rule contains two options:

  • Option 1 would extend the FDA's "tobacco product" authorities to all categories of products, including premium cigars, e-cigarettes, and hookah tobacco.
  • Option 2 would deem only a subset of cigars (i.e., exclude from the scope of the proposed rule certain cigars referred to as “premium cigars”). 

The FDA also is proposing to prohibit the sale of "covered tobacco products" to individuals under the age of 18 and to require the display of health warnings on cigarette tobacco, roll-your own tobacco, and covered tobacco product packages and in advertisements. 

Comments are due 75 days after the proposal is published in the Federal Register.

Advocacy contact: Dillon Taylor at 202.401.9787