November 26, 2014

Why the June 2015 FDA Deadline Isn’t Really a Deadline

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From: Halfwheel


Last week, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) updated its regulatory calendar, including a small update to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) planned regulations of tobacco products under the Family Smoking and Tobacco Control Act. Post update, the proposed rule now lists a date of “06/00/2015” for “Final Action.” Many have taken to accepting as a deadline on when the FDA must act regarding the proposed regulation of premium cigars, something that isn’t really true.


The good news for cigar smokers is that OMB was rather cigar friendly this time a year ago. The original version of the proposed rule written by FDA included no exemption for premium cigars, rather a less strict version of rules. After spending a few months modify the legislation, OMB submitted language for a cigar exemption, as well as striking language that referenced studies focused on the negative effects of cigar smoking.

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