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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, from concerned citizens, industry, and organizations on a wide range of issues related to implementation of the Tobacco Control Act.

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Determination of the Period Covered by a No-Tobacco-Sale Order and Compliance With an Order
Docket No
.: FDA-2015-D-0404
Dates: Submit comments by June 29, 2015.
Summary: This draft guidance, when finalized, will describe FDA’s current thinking with respect to imposing a no-tobacco-sale order (NTSO) on a retailer who has committed repeated violations of restrictions promulgated under section 906(d) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) (21 U.S.C. 301 et seq.), including FDA’s “Regulations Restricting the Sale and Distribution of Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco to Protect Children and Adolescents,” codified at 21 CFR part 1140. It supplements FDA’s current policies as described in FDA’s guidance for FDA and tobacco retailers, Civil Money Penalties and No-Tobacco-Sale Orders for Tobacco Retailers.

Electronic Cigarettes and the Public Health; Workshop
Docket No.
: FDA-2014-N-1936-0003
Dates: Extension of comment period- Submit comments by July 2, 2015.
Summary: We will hold the third, and final, public workshop to obtain information on electronic cigarettes and the public health on June 1-2, 2015. We also extended the comment period to July 2, 2015, to allow interested parties time to submit comments concerning the third workshop. Even if you cannot attend the public workshop, you are invited to submit comments, supported by research and data, regarding electronic cigarettes and the public health.

What makes a good comment?

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

  • Provide a clear statement for or against the proposed rule or draft guidance
  • Include articles, research, data, or other references that support your position
  • Read tips for submitting effective comments on the 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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