Leading Health Groups Urge FDA to Finalize Rule Regulating All Tobacco Products by… — WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —
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Today is the close of the period for public comments to the FDA on its proposed rule to assert authority over all web link tobacco products, including cigars and e-cigarettes. The FDA issued the proposed rule in April, three years after first announcing plans to do so. The agency currently regulates cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco under a landmark 2009 law, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. “The deeming of all tobacco products as subject to FDA’s regulatory authority is critical to protecting the public health against the risks posed by an increasingly dynamic and diverse marketplace in tobacco products and ensuring continued, and accelerated, progress toward eliminating tobacco-related disease and death,” the health groups wrote. “However, the proposed rule must be strengthened, and made comprehensive in scope, to prevent the manufacturers of tobacco products from designing and marketing their products in ways that undercut the full potential of the Tobacco Control Act to achieve its lifesaving objectives.” The health groups specifically called for the following actions: The FDA should issue a final rule asserting jurisdiction over all tobacco products by April 25, 2015. The FDA should also immediately begin to close regulatory gaps in its proposal and finalize any additional rules needed to close those gaps by that same date.