Clarification About Dissolvable Tobacco Products
FDA responds to requests for clarification about the authority FDA has to regulate dissolvable tobacco products:
- The Tobacco Control Act gives FDA authority over the manufacture, distribution and marketing of cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco products.
- Smokeless tobacco products can include dissolvable tobacco products, and are currently subject to FDA regulation.
- FDA has communicated with the tobacco industry several times about dissolvable products (February 1, 2010 and Public Dockets).
- Other novel tobacco products are also subject to the requirements of the Tobacco Control Act if they meet the definition of a cigarette, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, or smokeless tobacco under the Act.
- FDA has the authority to deem other tobacco products subject to the requirements of the Tobacco Control Act--and may do so by regulation.
- The Family Smoking and Tobacco Control Act (PDF - 689KB)
- Regulations and guidance documents associated with the Tobacco Control Act
- FDA has a issued proposed rule that would extend the agency’s authority to cover additional tobacco products, including dissolvables not already under the FDA’s authority.