In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began regulating cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products. In 2016, the FDA extended its regulatory authority to all tobacco products, including cigars and e-cigarettes.
Since 2009, the FDA has been focused on implementing the law and putting the resources in place to carry out their responsibilities. Some changes that have already taken place because of this regulation include:
The FDA often asks the public and others affected by potential regulations for their point of view. Paying attention to future FDA regulations and knowing how to make your voice heard with the FDA and Congress is important.
Information about FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products can be found at http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/default.htm.