In June 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began regulating cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products. The FDA has also said that it expects to begin regulating cigars and other tobacco products in the future.
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:
Many important decisions remain to be made. 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. Speak up and make sure your voice is heard as new regulations are written.
Information about FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products can be found at http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/default.htm.