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Speak Up for Tobacco Regulation

by Amy S. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a new rule that would regulate all tobacco products, including cigars, electronic cigarettes, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco, nicotine gels and dissolvables. This is a good step, as the FDA must have authority over these products to protect public health.

Among the new rule's requirements, manufacturers would have to disclose ingredient lists for their products and include warning labels on product packages and advertisements. It would ban the sale of these products to anyone under the age of 18, however, the rule does not go far enough to protect young people from the harms of tobacco.

As proposed, the rule does not prohibit the use of candy and fruit flavorings in these tobacco products. It also does not restrict marketing, despite a recent study showing a sharp increase in youth exposure to e-cigarette advertising in recent years. Candy and fruit flavorings and advertisements may account for the rapid rise in cigar and e-cigarette use by young people. These measures must be added.  

The public has until July 9th to submit comments on the proposed rule before it is finalized by the agency. You can tell FDA stronger standards are needed for all tobacco products. Add your voice today!

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Comments (20)

  • I agree with CVS to become a smoke free organization, maybe Walgreen and Rite Aide will be next. We need a smoke smoke free world, my parents were smokers and my brother ( he died from lung disease). I tell my children that smoking/tobacco products are bad (kill you) for your health. Thanks AHA.

    — Nathan P. T.

  • I agree with CVS to become a smoke free organization, maybe Walgreen and Rite Aide will be next. We need a smoke smoke free world, my parents were smokers and my brother ( he died from lung disease). I tell my children that smoking/tobacco products are bad (kill you) for your health. Thanks AHA.

    — Nathan P. T.

  • I signed a petition today with Respiratory Heath Association, to stop all smoking products. My brother passed 5 years at from smoking. I now a sister with interstitial lung disease ( from a medication for rhuematoid arthritis). Thank you AHA/ASA.

    — Nathan P. T.

  • I agree, all tobaco products should be kept away from children. Everyone should stay away from to bacca products - these products will kill you. Thank you AHA/ASA.

    — Nathan P. T.

  • I agree, all tobaco products should be kept away from children. Everyone should stay away from to bacca products - these products will kill you. Thank you AHA/ASA.

    — Nathan P. T.

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