The Food and Drug Administration has released its annual Regulatory Agenda, which states that the agency intends to issue a proposed rule to regulate other tobacco products under the terms of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.
Currently, the FDA regulates cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco products. The other tobacco products that the FDA intends to regulate and the extent of the proposed regulations will not be known until the proposed rule is made public.
The Regulatory Agenda states that the FDA should issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) no later than April of 2013. Upon the issuance of the rulemaking proposal, the public will have a period of time to comment on the proposed regulations. A copy of the Regulatory Agenda announcement accompanies this issue of Tobacco E-News.