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Submit comments on Tobacco Products

Make your voice heard and be part of our ongoing effort to improve public health in the United States.

We solicit information and comments, announced in the Federal Register and posted in dockets on Regulations.gov, from concerned citizens, industry, and organizations on a wide range of issues related to implementation of the Tobacco Control Act.

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Public Meeting and Listening Session for Developing FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products’ Strategic Plan; Request for Comments
Docket No:  FDA-2023-N-2873
Comment Period Open Date: July 24, 2023
Comment Period End Date: Aug. 29, 2023
CTP will hold a virtual listening session on Aug. 22, 2023, to give the public an opportunity to verbally provide open public comment on the development of the 5-year strategic plan, including proposed strategic goals. As part of an iterative, center-wide process, CTP has developed five proposed goal areas that have been shaped by staff and leaders from across the center. These goal areas are intended to be interconnected with four proposed cross-cutting themes: health equity, science, transparency, and stakeholder engagement. The center intends to publish its strategic plan by the end of 2023, following receipt and consideration of public input. To gain additional perspectives as CTP develops its strategic plan, the center seeks public comments on these proposed goal areas or on any other areas that CTP should consider that might not be encapsulated by these proposed goal areas. All requests to make open public comment during the virtual listening session must be received by Aug. 14, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Requirements for Tobacco Product Manufacturing Practice 
Docket No: FDA-2013-N-0227
Comment Period Open Date: March 10, 2023
Comment Period End Date: Sept. 6, 2023

Summary: FDA is proposing new requirements for tobacco product manufacturers regarding the manufacture, design, packing, and storage of their products. These proposed requirements would help protect public health by, among other things, minimizing or preventing contamination and limiting additional risks by ensuring product consistency. These proposed new requirements would help ensure that the public health is protected and products comply with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. For example, these requirements would help minimize or prevent the manufacture and distribution of tobacco products contaminated with foreign substances—such as metal, glass, and plastics—which have been found in tobacco products. The proposed rule would also help address issues related to inconsistencies between e-liquid product labeling and the actual concentrations in e-liquids; such variability can be misleading to consumers, potentially intensifying addiction and exposure to toxins.

What makes an effective and useful comment?

Our decisions are based on science and law. We look for logic, good science, and other evidence in the comments we evaluate.

  • Provide a clear statement of whether you support or oppose the proposed rule or guidance.
  • Include any of the following that support your position:
    • data
    • research
    • analysis
  • Read more tips for submitting effective comments on the regulations.gov website.

Your role in shaping tobacco regulation

Our regulatory process generally follows these steps:

  1. Rule/Regulation Proposed
    We publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register.
  2. Public Comments Considered
    Our proposals generally have a 60-90 day review period.
  3. Final Rule Issued
    After considering all comments, we issue a final rule.
  4. Compliance with New Rule Enforced
    We must ensure that retailers and businesses comply with the regulation.

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