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Groundbreaking Federal Regulations on Tobacco Taking Effect Today!

As you may know, the LGBT Tobacco Control Network and other public health advocates have anticipated these new federal regulations on tobacco control!

A message from the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are working together to educate consumers, public health partners, and the general public about new tobacco regulations that take effect today, June 22, 2010. These regulations limit the sale, distribution, and marketing of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to individuals younger than 18 years of age; require larger and stronger health warning labels to appear on smokeless tobacco advertisements and on smokeless tobacco products manufactured on or after June 22, 2010; and prohibit the tobacco industry from manufacturing for sale or distribution any tobacco products for which the label, labeling, or advertising contains the descriptors “light,” “low,” or “mild” (or any similar descriptor).

CDC and FDA are seeking your support to help get the word out about these new, historic FDA tobacco regulations. You can support this effort by

·       Posting a “PuLight… Low… Mild… Put Out the Myth. Learn more…t Out the Myth” graphical button on your Web site. When clicked, this button will take visitors to a consumer-focused feature article on CDC’s Web site (www.cdc.gov/features/tobaccocontrols) entitled “New Tobacco Controls Have Public Health Impact.” This article provides information on the regulations and their public health impact. The article also contains helpful links to resources—such as FDA guidance documents—that provide detailed information on the new regulations. Visit the “Put Out the Myth” download page at http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/stateandcommunity/fda_regs/buttons/index.htm to obtain html code for a variety of button sizes.

·       Following CDCTobaccoFree on Twitter www.twitter.com/CDCTobaccoFree and retweeting key messages related to the new FDA tobacco regulations.

·       Becoming a fan of CDC’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cdc and posting “Put Out the Myth” status updates on your Facebook profiles.

·       Telling others about our posting on CDC’s Everyday Health Widget at http://www.cdc.gov/Widgets/#everydayhealth.

·       Viewing OSH’s latest entry on CDC’s MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/CDC_eHealth.

·       Following OSH on GovLoop at www.govloop.com/group/CDCTobaccoFree. A post on GovLoop announces the significance of June 22 and encourages readers to visit the online feature article. GovLoop is a social networking site for the government community. It currently serves about 30,000 members, including local, state, and federal government employees and contractors. Academics and students interested in government are also welcome to join.

·       Subscribing to CDC’s Smoking and Tobacco Use Main Feed at www.cdc.gov/tobacco/rss/index.htm to receive updates of new and recently changed content from CDC’s Smoking & Tobacco Use Web site on your browser or desktop.

·       Encouraging readers to send Health-e-Cards emphasizing the value of being tobacco free www2c.cdc.gov/ecards/index.asp?category=201.

Please also continue to access CDC’s Smoking & Tobacco Use Web site www.cdc.gov/tobacco for helpful resources and the latest information.

Thank you,

CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health

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June 22, 2010 Posted by | Tobacco Policy | | Leave a comment

FDA Comments Requested on Tobacco Product Advertising to Youth and Racial/Ethnic Minorities

On June 22, 2009, the President signed the Tobacco Control Act into law.  The Tobacco Control Act grants FDA important new authority to regulate the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products to protect the public health generally and to reduce tobacco use by minors.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is soliciting information, research, and ideas to assist FDA in fulfilling its responsibilities regarding tobacco product advertising and promotion that is designed to appeal to specific racial and ethnic minority populations in the United States.  For the same reasons, we are also interested in receiving information about advertising and promoting menthol and other cigarettes to youth in general, and to youth in minority communities. After reviewing the submitted information, research, and ideas, FDA will be better able to fulfill its responsibilities under The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act).

We are requesting comments that will assist the agency’s development of an action plan regarding enforcement of regulations on advertising and promotion of menthol and other cigarettes to youth generally and to youth in minority communities. FDA is also seeking information that will assist the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee in understanding and developing recommendations regarding the impact of the use of menthol in cigarettes among children, African-Americans, Hispanics, and other racial and ethnic minorities.

Those interested persons can submit electronic or written comments by July 26, 2010 at 11:59 p.m.  Submit electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov under [Docket Number FDA–2010–N–0207] Tobacco Product Advertising and Promotion to Youth and Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations.

For more information contact Kathleen K. Quinn, Center for Tobacco Products, Food and Drug Administration, 9200 Corporate Blvd., Rockville, MD 20850–3229, 240–276–1717, e-mail: Kathleen.Quinn@fda.hhs.gov.

Sincerely,

Mary C. Hitch
Senior Policy Advisor
Office of External Relations
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Action Alerts, Tobacco Policy | , , , | Leave a comment

SNRT Conference Update 1: FDA Tries to Get Tough

During the first session at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco we heard from Lawrence Deyton, the doc in charge of implementing the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which puts the tobacco industry under FDA regulation.

While the beginning of his speech was more of a pep-talk, there were a few interesting bits of info.  One of the not-very-surprising items was that the FDA will have different  standards for tobacco will be different than for the other drugs they review.  Although some of us had wanted the FDA to deem there was no safe level of tobacco use, therefore pull it off the markets, it’s pretty obvious now that FDA will not do that.  FDA will instead act with regulatory actions.

There were 5 Key features of the act he wanted to point out from the policy:

  1. The act mandated ceasing the selling of fruit or other spice-flavored cigarettes – which has already has been implemented. As most of us know, this does not include Menthol, which sucks because menthol tends to be used most in the most disparate populations.
  2. Act requires the creation of a Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory Committee. They will look at things like “the use of menthol with children or minority”  One thing that made me go “YIKES”: Three non-voting members from tobacco companies, including growers.  However, most will be docs. I’m personally afraid that the non-voting members will be some of the best speakers tobacco companies will find.  I used to be a non-voting member on the Board of Education, and while I advocated for voting rights, there’s a great deal of influence that comes with simply sitting on a board of any sort.  And why would FDA want to take any guidance of any tobacco industry people?  Alright, put that on my “does not compute” column.
  3. Establish good manufacturing practices.  But good to who?  Good tobacco marketing practices for the population would be NO marketing.  I have a feeling that they are going for “good for all” type of agreement.  Right, as if tobacco companies need any extra help.
  4. Requires manufactures to report ingredients, including nicotine, and risks in engaging in products.
  5. Authorizes FDA to put larger warning statements on packs (1 of 9) an on smokeless tobacco products (1 of 4). They will be large and have color graphics.  I wonder if there’s a place to look at them?

The doc stated if tobacco companies don’t stay in line, FDA will investigate and ensure compliance. They have already issued 25 letters already.  Yes, you read right, a “letter”,

Finally, the doc ended by saying what they are working on immediately:

  • Reissue the 1996 rule that advertising shouldn’t be to youth
  • Enforce requirement that companies using light low mild must put in applications with FDA. Applications?!  Seriously?  Isn’t there enough data out there to show that these are misleading titles?
  • Will research if certain words, colors, etc. may mistakenly signal that certain tobacco products are safer.  (see my commentary above)

Essentially, at the end the Doc wanted to make sure that we understood that FDA has to follow science and he stated “the success of our efforts will be ultimately determined by the quality of our science.”

He also encouraged for researchers and tobacco control experts around the country to give ideas to FDA through dockets they develop to get community input.  You can find them at http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/UCM173455

During the question and answer the Doc did made it clear that Nicotine Replacement Therapy will not be regulated by the same group that will regulate tobacco.  NRT will be regulated as a drug delivery. He could not share much about e-cigarettes because there is a pending lawsuit.

For more information about the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act visit http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/default.htm

February 25, 2010 Posted by | Scholarship Opportunity | , | Leave a comment

   

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