Center for Tobacco Products Update (September 11, 2009)
FDA intends to provide regular updates to inform Congress and the public on its progress in implementing the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.
In July and August 2009, the Center:
Requested Public Input
FDA opened a docket to seek public input on the implementation of the FSPTCA. The Agency invited the public to provide information and share views on all aspects of implementation, but is particularly interested in comments on the approaches and actions the Agency should consider initially to increase the likelihood of reducing the incidence and prevalence of tobacco product use and protecting the public health. Comments are requested by September 29, 2009.
The Federal Register notice including instructions on how to submit comments may be viewed at: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-15549.pdf.
To date, the Agency has received more than 300 comments. These comments may be viewed online at: http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#docketDetail?R=FDA-2009-N-0294.
Began Working with States and Localities
In July, Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner, FDA, and Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosted a conference call with more than 200 state and local officials. The purpose of the call was to discuss the FSPTCA and opportunities for future collaborations with state and local officials. A transcript of the call is available at:
Established the Center for Tobacco Products
In August, FDA officially established the Center for Tobacco Products. The Center will oversee the implementation of the FSPTCA and will use the best possible science to guide the development and implementation of effective public health strategies to reduce the burden of illness and death caused by tobacco products.
Selected the Director of the Center for Tobacco Products
After conducting a national search, Dr. Lawrence Deyton, M.D., M.S.P.H., was selected to lead the Center. Dr. Deyton is an expert on veterans’ health issues, public health, tobacco use, and a clinical professor of medicine and health policy at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. To read more about Dr. Deyton and the Center for Tobacco Products, please see: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm179410.htm.
Created the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee
In August, FDA officially created the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee. The Committee was created four months prior to the statutory deadline. The Federal Register notice creating the TPSAC may be viewed at: http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#documentDetail?R=0900006480a12f27.
The Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee is tasked with providing advice, information, and recommendations to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs on health and other issues relating to tobacco products.
The Agency has also solicited nominations for members to serve on the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee. Information on how to nominate individuals to serve on the advisory committee may be found at: http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#documentDetail?R=0900006480a12dff. Nominations received on or before October 13, 2009, will be given first consideration for membership on the committee.
Posted job announcements to hire new staff for the Center
The Center for Tobacco Products is actively recruiting new staff and has posted several job announcements for key positions. A list of the open positions may be viewed at: http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/AbouttheCenterforTobaccoProducts/ucm180911.htm.
Developed a Center Web Site
The Center for Tobacco Products developed a web site (www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts) that includes information about the Center and efforts to implement the FSPTCA. The web site contains a list of frequently asked questions and answers about the FSPTCA, regulatory documents, contact information, and other information about tobacco use. In addition, individuals may sign up for e-mail updates on tobacco products at: http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/ResourcesforYou/ucm176164.htm.