Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized a rule extending its authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco, among others. This historic rule helps implement the bipartisan Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 and allows the FDA to improve public health and protect future generations from the dangers of tobacco use through a variety of steps, including restricting the sale of these tobacco products to minors nationwide.
Before today, there was no federal law prohibiting retailers from selling e-cigarettes, hookah tobacco or cigars to people under age 18. Today’s rule changes that with provisions aimed at restricting youth access, which go into effect in 90 days, including:
- Not allowing products to be sold to persons under the age of 18 years (both in person and online);
- Requiring age verification by photo ID;
- Not allowing the selling of covered tobacco products in vending machines (unless in an adult-only facility); and
- Not allowing the distribution of free samples.
Today’s rule also requires manufacturers of all newly-regulated products, to show that the products meet the applicable public health standard set forth in the law and receive marketing authorization from the FDA, unless the product was on the market as of February 15, 2007. The tobacco product review process gives the agency the ability to evaluate important factors such as ingredients, product design and health risks, as well as their appeal to youth and non-users.
Today’s actions will subject all manufacturers, importers and/or retailers of newly-regulated tobacco products to any applicable provisions, bringing them in line with other tobacco products the FDA has regulated under the TCA since 2009.
These requirements include:
- Registering manufacturing establishments and providing product listings to the FDA;
- Reporting ingredients, and harmful and potentially harmful constituents;
- Requiring premarket review and authorization of new tobacco products by the FDA;
- Placing health warnings on product packages and advertisements; and
- Not selling modified risk tobacco products (including those described as “light,” “low,” or “mild”) unless authorized by the FDA.
Please see the following link to the FDA News Release: FDA takes significant steps to protect Americans from dangers of tobacco through new regulation. For additional information, including supporting documents, please see the link: Extending Authorities to All Tobacco Products, Including E-Cigarettes, Cigars, and Hookah
Kick Butts Day in Wayne County, Indiana and Across the Nation Boost Efforts to Make the Next Generation Tobacco Free
Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. This year’s Kick Butts Day is March 16, 2016. More than 1,000 events are expected to take place in schools and communities across the United States and even around the world. Read Full Post
Chicago Takes Bold Action To Reduce Tobacco Use: Raises Tobacco Age to 21, Makes Baseball Tobacco-Free
WASHINGTON, DC – The Chicago City Council today has taken bold action to protect young people from tobacco addiction and save lives by approving multiple measures, including increasing the city’s tobacco sale age to 21 and eliminating smokeless tobacco use at sporting events – including at Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Cubs and White Sox. With these actions, Chicago continues to provide national leadership in the fight against tobacco use, the nation’s No. 1 cause of preventable death. These measures will protect children, improve health, and save lives and health care dollars.
WASHINGTON, DC – Chicago today gave a powerful boost to the campaign to take tobacco out of baseball by becoming the fourth Major League city and the first in the Midwest to make its baseball stadiums tobacco-free. The City Council approved an ordinance to eliminate smokeless tobacco use in professional and amateur baseball and other sporting events – including Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Cubs and White Sox.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Releases Toolkits to Help Public Housing Authorities Protect Residents from Secondhand Smoke
On June 19, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released toolkits to provide residents and managers of federally funded public and multifamily housing units with resources on how to create healthier housing, by reducing residential exposure to secondhand smoke. The release was announced during a press conference with officials from HUD, the Department of Health and Human Services, the American Lung Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Residents of public housing are one of the most vulnerable populations due to their inability generally to move to healthier environments that are free of smoke.
A January 2011 Pediatrics study found that among children who live in households where no one smokes inside, those who live in apartments have a 45% increase in cotinine levels (a common marker of tobacco smoke exposure), compared with children who lived in detached homes. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to have respiratory illnesses, middle ear infections, asthma, and sudden infant death syndrome.
New Report: States Shortchange Tobacco Prevention Programs That Can Stop 7 Million Kids from Smoking, Save over 2 Million Lives
States Challenged to Follow Florida’s Example in Cutting Youth Smoking to Record Lows
Washington, DC – The states are missing an opportunity to save millions of lives and over $120 billion in health care costs because they continue to shortchange proven programs that prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a report released today by a coalition of public health organizations.
This year (fiscal year 2015), the states will collect $25.6 billion from the 1998 tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes. But they will spend less than two percent of it – $490.4 million – on tobacco prevention and cessation programs, according to the annual report assessing state funding of such programs.
This year’s report challenges the states to do more by shining the spotlight on Florida, which has cut high school smoking to just 7.5% – one of the lowest rates recorded by any state. Among its efforts to reduce tobacco use, Florida has a long-running and well-funded tobacco prevention program.
The report details the lives and health care dollars each state, and the nation as a whole, could save by reducing youth smoking to Florida’s low rate. If the national high school smoking rate declined from the current 15.7% to 7.5%, the report finds it would:
- Prevent 7 million kids from becoming adult smokers
- Save 2.3 million kids from premature, smoking-causing deaths
- Save $122 billion in future, tobacco-related health care costs
Tobacco use is the #1 cause of preventable death in the United States, killing 480,000 Americans each year. A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevetion (CDC) study released Wednesday showed that smoking costs the nation about $170 billion in annual health care spending, which is more than previously estimated. Without strong action now, 5.6 million kids alive today will die prematurely from smoking-caused disease, according to the U.S. Surgeon General.