NATO Gives National Perspective on Tobacco Lawmaking

From: CSP Daily

Association executive offers legislative update on category-related issues

Brian Carr

LAKEVILLE, Minn. — Now that convenience and tobacco retailers have entered the 2018 spring season, many state legislatures around the country are in their final stretches of legislative sessions. Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia are still in active regular legislative sessions; 19 states have already adjourned for the year. The state legislatures that have already adjourned are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming and Virginia.

FDA Publishes Revised Ingredient Listing Guidance for Tobacco Products, Exempts Non-Consumable Product Hardware and Components and Parts

From: The National Law Review

ARTICLE BY Azim Chowdhury Benjamin K. Wolf | Keller and Heckman LLP

The vapor device industry has been requesting FDA for years to exempt devices from the Tobacco Control Act Section 904(a)(1) ingredient listing requirement, respectfully arguing, among other things, that the information required for non-consumable hardware products and components provides no meaningful information to FDA that would help it protect the public health.[1]  On April 13, 2018, just 25 days before the reporting deadline for large manufacturers of deemed tobacco products, FDA published a revised Guidance for Industry: Listing of Ingredients in Tobacco Products.  FDA now intends to enforce the ingredient listing requirement only with respect to those tobacco product components or parts that are made or derived from tobacco, or contain ingredients that are burned, aerosolized or ingested (i.e., consumed) during use.  Although the revised guidance is late – and comes after many companies have spent considerable time and funds to comply with the reporting requirement – it is welcome news for the industry.

Long-simmering battle over e-cigarettes erupts as FDA clamps down on nicotine

From: The Washington Examiner

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FDA To Weigh Pros And Cons Of E-Cigarette Flavors

From: WFPL 89.3 


The Food and Drug Administration is considering a limit or ban on e-cigarette flavors and is seeking public comment on the matter. Research shows many teens start using electronic cigarettes— or vaping — because of the variety of flavors, and some health experts think those flavors are what keeps young people coming back for more.

Marty Wade, the manager at Louisville retailer Up N’ Smoke, said the variety in flavors does make vape pens much more appealing than the traditional cigarette.

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FDA sued for delaying e-cigarette, cigar regulations

From: Washington Post

Laurie McGinley

Several major public health groups sued the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday for delaying certain rules for electronic cigarettes and cigars, saying that consumers as a result will be exposed for years to “lethal and addictive components” in tobacco products.

The lawsuit is challenging an agency decision last summer to grant lengthy deadline extensions to manufacturers seeking FDA approval for their products. Originally, the companies were required to submit such product-review applications by this August for any item that went on the market after February 2007. The revised timeline changed that to August 2021 for cigars and August 2022 for e-cigarettes.