Briant offers an insider’s view of taxes, regulations and restrictions
By Mitch Morrison, Vice President & Group Editor
It could be 2016 before the FDA takes official control over cigars, pipe tobacco and e-cigarettes. In the meantime, myriad proposals, from President Obama’s near-doubling of the Federal Excise Tax to local and state initiatives to increase tobacco taxes and restrict the sale of e-cigs, should keep the country’s 175,000 sellers of tobacco products on alert.
“Even if they issued these proposed regulations tomorrow, it could be at least two years before they would go into effect.”
Briant was speaking about the much-discussed deeming regulations from the FDA concerning e-cigarettes and vaping systems, plus traditional cigars and pipe tobacco. (And as we know, that announcement came a few weeks after the show.)
The regulatory process involves nine steps. The FDA issued its proposed regulations (step 5), and the public had 75 days in which to comment; the FDA must then review every comment. From there, any adjustment to the proposed regulations must go to the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to assess the financial impact. The regulations take effect only once they’ve been OKed.