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Timeline Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

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This timeline is not a complete summary of the law.  It is very important to note that in order to understand the full context of each section described below, you must read the actual section of the Tobacco Control Act.  To help you do that, for each section described, we provide the section number of the Act.
 

Date

Action

June 2009

President Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act into law

July 2009

Established collection of user fees from industry

Sec. 919

August 2009

The Center for Tobacco Products was established

Sec. 901(e)

September 2009

Tobacco Control Act ban on flavored cigarettes (other than menthol) took effect

Sec. 907(a)(1)(A)

November 2009

Published final guidance to assist persons making tobacco product ingredient submissions to FDA

Sec. 904(a)(1)

March 2010

Established 12-member Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee

Sec. 917

March 2010

Published final rule restricting the sale and distribution of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to protect children and adolescents (reissued 1996 rule)

Sec. 102(a)

April 2010

Published final guidance to assist persons submitting to FDA all documents developed after 6/22/09 that relate to health, toxicological, behavioral or psychological effects of tobacco products and their constituents, including smoke constituents, ingredients, components, and additives

Sec. 904(a)(4)

June 2010

Tobacco Control Act requirements regarding warning labels, advertisements, and rotation of warnings for smokeless tobacco products took effect

Sec. 204(a), 204(b)(3)(A-B)

June 2010

FDA began awarding state enforcement contracts

Sec. 102(d)(2)(D)(4)

June 2010

Tobacco Control Act ban on tobacco products labeled or advertised with misleading terms “light” “mild” “low” or similar descriptors took effect

Sec. 911(a-b)

October 2010

Published Enforcement Action Plan for promotion and advertising restrictions, which covers the sale of menthol and other cigarettes to youth (especially in minority communities)

Sec. 105(a)(1)

November 2010

Published proposed regulation that would require color graphics depicting the negative health consequences of smoking to accompany the 9 new warning statements in the Tobacco Control Act on cigarette packages and in cigarette advertisements

Sec. 201(d)

March 2011

Report from the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee on the public health effects of menthol in cigarettes to FDA

Sec. 907(e)(1-2)

June 2011

Publish final regulation requiring color graphics depicting the negative health consequences of smoking to accompany the 9 new warning statements in the Tobacco Control Act on cigarette packages and in cigarette advertisements

Sec. 201(d)

July 2011

Publish regulations establishing procedures for requesting an exemption from the requirement to establish substantial equivalence 

Sec. 905(j)(3)

October 2011

Publish regulation regarding the sale and distribution of tobacco products to youth via the Internet, mail order, or other non-face-to-face exchanges

Sec. 906(d)(4)(A)(i)

March 2012

Report from the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee on dissolvable tobacco products

Sec. 907(f)

April 2012

Publish regulations to address the promotion and marketing of tobacco sold or distributed over the Internet, by mail order, or through other non-face-to-face exchanges between a retailer and a consumer

Sec. 906(d)(4)(A)(ii)

April 2012

Establish a list of harmful and potentially harmful constituents in tobacco products, including smoke constituents, by brand and subbrand.  Publish a public notice requesting scientific and other information on the harmful constituents in tobacco products and smoke

Sec. 904(e)

April 2012

Publish regulations and/or guidance on the scientific evidence required to assess and review modified risk tobacco products

Sec. 911(l)(1)

April 2012

Publish regulations or guidance permitting the filing of a single application for a new tobacco product (under 910) the applicant seeks to market as a modified risk product

Sec. 911(l)(4)

April 2013

Publish the list of harmful and potentially harmful constituents in a format that is understandable and not misleading to the lay public

Sec. 904(a)(3), 904(d)(1), 904(e)

April 2013

Submit a report to Congress on regulating, promoting, and encouraging the development of innovative products and treatments to reduce or eliminate tobacco dependence and harm

- Sec. 918(b)

April 2013

Submit to Congress an implementation report on:

  • Progress and impediments to implementing the Act
  • Number of new products and modified risk product applications received and
  • Number of employees engaged in implementing the Act

Sec. 106(a)

April 2013

Submit a report to Congress on tobacco exports

Sec. 103(l)(3)

April 2013

Publish a regulation that requires testing and reporting of tobacco productconstituents, ingredients, and additives, including smoke constituents, by brand and subbrand that FDA determines should be tested

Sec. 915(a-b)

April 2015

Submit a report to Congress on the health implications of raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, based on a study conducted by an expert panel

Sec. 104

April 2015

Submit a report to Congress on research into consumer understanding of harmful ingredients and recommend whether annual publication of the harmful and potential harmful constituent list should be continued or modified

Sec. 904(d)(2)

 

*Please note: For an action that has already happened, we show the actual date it was completed. For an action that will happen in the future, we show the upcoming date. Some of the dates shown below are different from the dates contained in the Tobacco Control Act. This is because the dates in these sections were changed in accordance with section 6 of the Tobacco Control Act.
 

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