By Thomas A. Briant, NATO Executive Director
This year has been marked by both anticipation of the FDA’s deeming tobacco regulations and other actions by the agency as it moves forward with regulating tobacco products. Most of the attention has been focused on finalizing the extension of the agency’s authority to cigars, pipe tobacco, e-cigarettes, hookah tobacco, dissolvables and nicotine gels. However, the other actions pursued by the FDA in 2015 are just as important.
On Oct. 19, the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the final deeming regulations on cigars, pipe tobacco, e-cigarettes, hookah tobacco, nicotine gels and dissolvable products. Generally, the OMB has a period of 90 days to review final federal regulations. If approved, the regulations will be published in the Federal Register and take effect in 30 days.