FDA Proposes Extension of Authority over Tobacco Products

FDA Proposes Extension of Authority over Tobacco Products
April 25, 2014

Despite decades of efforts to reduce tobacco use, it continues to be the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States.

To address this public health problem, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing an extension of its regulatory authority that would cover additional products that meet the definition of a tobacco product under the proposed rule.

Currently, the FDA regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco. Under the proposed rule, electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, certain dissolvables that are not smokeless tobacco, gels and waterpipe tobacco would be added to the FDA's scope of authority.

Once the proposed rule becomes final, the FDA will be able to use powerful regulatory tools such as age restrictions and rigorous scientific review of new tobacco products and claims to reduce tobacco-related disease and death.