FDA is announcing a public workshop to gather scientific information and stimulate discussion among scientists about electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). The focus of this workshop will be the impact of e-cigarettes on population health, including prevalence and patterns of use, impacts of e-cigarettes on tobacco product users and non-users, and knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about e-cigarette products. A workshop on December 10-11, 2014, focused on e-cigarette product science, product packaging, constituent labeling, and environmental impact; and a workshop on March 9-10, 2015, focused on the impact of e-cigarettes on individual health.
These workshops are intended to better inform FDA about these products. Should the Agency move forward as proposed to regulate e-cigarettes, additional information about the products would assist the Agency in carrying out its responsibilities under the law. This would be true regardless of the details of any such final rule. Accordingly, FDA is working to obtain such information now rather than waiting for the conclusion of the deeming rulemaking.
The public workshop will include presentations and panel discussion regarding e-cigarettes and the public health, specifically relating to the impact of e-cigarettes on the population as a whole. Topics to be addressed include:
- Prevalence and patterns of use
- impacts on current tobacco product users
- impacts on non-users of tobacco products
- knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions about e-cigarette products.
Registration to Attend the Workshop: If you wish to attend the workshop in person or by Webcast, you must register by submitting an electronic or written request no later than May 20, 2015. Please submit electronic requests at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CTP-June-Workshop. Persons without Internet access may send written requests for registration to Caryn Cohen (see Contact Person). Requests for registration must include the prospective attendee’s name, title, affiliation, address, email address if available, and telephone number. Registration is free and you may register to attend in-person or view the live Webcast. Seating and viewership are limited, so early registration is recommended. FDA may limit the number of registrants from a single organization and the total number of participants if registration reaches full capacity. For registrants with Internet access, confirmation of registration will be emailed to you no later than May 25, 2015. Onsite registration may be allowed if space is available. If registration reaches maximum capacity, FDA will post a notice closing registration at http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/NewsEvents/ucm238308.htm.