Federal Judge Upholds NYC Flavor Ban Ordinance


Judge rules that New York City flavor ban is allowed under FDA law

Tobacco E-News | November 29, 2011

NEW YORK  — A federal district court judge has issued an order upholding a New York City ordinance that bans the sale of all flavored tobacco products, except cigarettes, that contain a constituent or additive that imparts a characterizing flavor other than the taste or aroma of tobacco, menthol, mint or wintergreen.

NATO Retailers Respond to FDA Form Fourteen submit comments electronically on FDA violation reporting form

Tobacco E-News | November 8, 2011

Fourteen NATO retail members submitted comments electronically via the federal government’s www.regulations.gov Web site, in response to the FDA’s proposed Tobacco Products Violation Reporting Form.

The FDA is proposing to allow the public and other stakeholder organizations (including anti-tobacco groups) to report possible retail violations of the FDA’s tobacco regulations by using a new Violation Reporting Form. The FDA is planning to allow the reports to be filed over the telephone, over the Internet, through a smart phone application or by mail.

FDA Sheds Additional Light on Tobacco RFPs

Decisions are expected by end of March

Ad Week

Noreen O’Leary

Just over a month ago, the Food and Drug Administration issued two requests for proposals for the government agency’s first tobacco public education campaigns, all of which will target teens.

The FDA was granted the authority to regulate tobacco products by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Act, signed into law in 2009, and could spend up to $600 million on the combined budgets over the course of five years. The first RFP is aimed at preventing tobacco use among youth, aged 13-17, with a budget ceiling of $390 million.

Tobacco brings biotech jobs to NC


 By Laura Leslie


Politics is my first love, but science is a close second. So it’s a good day for two intersect, as they did today in Research Triangle Park.

Governor Bev Perdue, Senator Richard Burr, and Congressman David Price were on hand for this morning’s ribbon-cutting at Medicago, a Quebec-based vaccine maker that’s figured out how to use tobacco plants to produce flu vaccine – bringing in 85 jobs and $11 million in investment along the way.

Jeff Wald CEO, ARIA Multimedia Entertainment



Huffington Post

We have an FDA who hasn’t done their job in protecting us from listeria from Cantaloupes, Salmonella from lettuce, mercury from fish, poor health conditions in slaughter houses. Yet this same FDA wants to ban Menthol cigarettes in spite of being opposed by almost every police organization in this country. How will we enforce it? Will police stop and taste people’s cigarettes? What will happen is the companies will manufacture overseas, (more loss of jobs), and create a whole new group of violent smugglers. We have put a notice on cigarettes that they are harmful to health and limited the advertising, (you can lead a horse to water,etc).

Judge Blocks FDA’s Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels

By Maggie Fox

National Journal

A federal judge blocked a U.S. rule requiring tobacco companies to display graphic images on packs of cigarettes on Monday, saying cigarette companies were likely to win their argument that the law violates free speech rights, Reuters reported.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon sided with tobacco companies in their fight against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s requirement that cigarette packs carry the images, which include pictures of diseased mouths and a person smoking through a tracheostomy tube in the neck.

The Beginning of the War on Nicotine

Editors Note:

In the previous post we alerted our readers to the fact that as a result of the Center for Tobacco Products overwhelming large budget they are able to work simultaneously on many fronts–including the award of hundreds of million dollars in grants which will purchase both technical and political support. We also identified the recently initiated study on the establishment of nicotine standards.

As expected when an  agency embarks upon a regulatory pilgrimage studies come out of the woodwork. For years it  has been accepted that nicotine per se does not constitute a threat to public health. With the new nicotine standards program ready to take off, one might expect the following research to emerge.

A Formidable Force: The FDA Center for Tobacco Products


Editors Note:  The FDA  Center that regulates the tobacco industry is turning out to be the “regulator of  all regulators”; not only because it has attracted some of the most talented  personnel in the agency but because it is has an independent source of funds—-direct charges to the tobacco industry. Reports are that the budget for the  Center will eventually approach 3/4 of a billion dollars per year.  Funds of this magnitude will  overshadow by far the advocacy efforts of the industry.  The recent initiatives announced by the Center regarding the longitudinal study of smokers and its nicotine standards program will be presented in a manner which will challenge the ability of the public and the industry to challenge them because of their  breadth, depth, complexity and sheer volume  resulting  from an overwhelming level of resources which may or may not attain an acceptable level of quality.