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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Tobacco Products

This Week in CTP - Week of February 11, 2013

This Week in CTP – American Heart Month, a New Webpage, and a FR Notice

February is American Heart Month, and what better way to celebrate than by quitting smoking! Cigarette smoking greatly increases the risk of developing heart disease. Nearly half of adult Americans are at risk for heart disease and stroke, and over 20% are at risk due to cigarette smoking. FDA has joined the Million Hearts campaign in its goal to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over five years. We are supporting this initiative through a number of efforts, including encouraging those already addicted to tobacco products to quit. Visit this FDA Voice blog to learn more about making heart-healthy choices in 2013.

Did you know that CTP recently posted a new page to the Manufacturer section of our website regarding FDA’s regulatory authority over tobacco products? Also featured on the webpage is a new email, NicotineInquiries@fda.hhs.gov, where manufacturers and other interested parties can send questions related to the regulatory authorities applicable to a particular product made or derived from tobacco. 

On February 8, FDA published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry entitled “Civil Money Penalties for Tobacco Retailers: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions.” The guidance explains CTP’s enforcement of FDA regulations regarding the sale and distribution of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to youth, as well as additional information about civil money penalties. Visit the website to read the full notice and draft guidance, and to officially submit your comments to the public docket by April 9.