Tobacco Products

Comment Opportunities

Make your voice heard and be part of our ongoing effort to improve public health in the United States.

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We solicit information and comments, announced in the Federal Register and posted in dockets on Regulations.gov, from concerned citizens, industry, and organizations on a wide range of issues related to implementation of the Tobacco Control Act.

Submit Comments

Waterpipes and Waterpipe Tobacco
Docket No.:
FDA-2016-N-0173
Dates: Submit comments by April 29, 2016
Summary: The FDA is opening a public docket to gather scientific information on waterpipes and waterpipe tobacco, commonly referred to as hookah tobacco. The agency is seeking data, information, and comments about the current state of the science, including product use and design, smoke constituents, environmental impacts, and the impact of marketing these products on population health, including on both users and nonusers. 


What makes an effective and useful comment?

Our decisions are based on science and law. We look for logic, good science, and other evidence in the comments we evaluate.

  • Provide a clear statement of whether you support or oppose the proposed rule or guidance.
  • Include any of the following that support your position:
    • data
    • research
    • analysis
  • Read more tips for submitting effective comments on the regulations.gov website.

Your role in shaping tobacco regulation

Our regulatory process generally follows these steps:

  1. Rule/ Regulation Proposed
    We publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register.
  2. Public Comments Considered
    Our proposals generally have a 60-90 day review period.
  3. Final Rule Issued
    After considering all comments, we issue a final rule.
  4. Compliance with New Rule Enforced
    We must ensure that retailers and businesses comply with the regulation.


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