The Local Tobacco Regulatory Landscape


From cigarette vending machine bans to flavor prohibition

By Thomas A. Briant, NATO Executive Director

MINNEAPOLIS — The local regulatory movement against tobacco products began some 26 years ago in 1989 when the city council of White Bear Lake, Minn., became the first city in the country to ban the sale of cigarettes through vending machines. As the local regulatory effort spread across the country and more cigarette vending machines ended up either in dumps or as collector items in basement rec rooms, the focus switched in the mid-1990’s to restrictions on self-service displays, especially in retail stores that allowed minors to be present. These kind of restrictions fall into a broad category of how tobacco products are displayed or sold.

FDA approves snus innovations through new pathway

From: Winston-Salem Journal

By Richard Craver Winston-Salem Journal


Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor at the Boston University School of Public Health, expressed concern that the FDA’s goal with the pathway requirement will drive most small businesses, vape shops and e-cigarette companies out of business due to the high regulatory cost combined with a lack of resources and scientific expertise.

“It might be the case that not even the largest manufacturers – such as the tobacco companies – could be able to technically complete a successful application under the FDA deeming regulations and guidance,” Siegel said.

Cigar News: Leaked Draft of FDA Cigar Deeming Rule Raises More Questions About FDA Rulemaking Process

From: Stogie Guys

Two weeks ago, e-cigarette trade group Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association (TVECA) said it was in possession of a copy of the the deeming rule sent from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final review before publication and implementation. Initially, the group leaked a copy of the table of contents and promised to leak the full document soon after.

Although the documents were never fully authenticated, every indication points to the document being legitimate. The FDA even took the unusual step of issuing a statement acknowledging the leak and stating they had an understanding that no more of the document would be made public.

A Special Statement from CTP – October 31, 2015


The FDA has not yet issued its final rule and other documents related to extending the agency’s authority to other currently unregulated tobacco products. We are aware that the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association (TVECA) has indicated publicly that it has a copy of the draft final rule. We cannot confirm if TVECA has a copy of the most recent version of the draft final rule, or even if their copy is authentic. It is our understanding based on recent conversations between the FDA and TVECA, that the group will not be releasing the document in question.