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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Tobacco Products

This Week in CTP – September 26, 2013


Announcing New Tobacco Product Review Decisions, a Retailer Training Video, and an Upcoming Webinar with CTP’s Director Mitch Zeller

Today, FDA issued additional tobacco product review decisions, allowing the sale and marketing of four new tobacco products through the substantial equivalence pathway. FDA issued orders for two HBI International roll-your-own tobacco papers and tips, including Elements Aficionado 1 and ¼, and Elements Aficionado KS Slim. In addition, FDA issued orders for two Republic Tobacco roll-your-own filtered cigarette tubes, including Top Regular 100MM and Top Gold 100MM.

FDA determined these products to be “substantially equivalent” to the predicate products to which they were compared. FDA concluded that, the differences between the new and predicate tobacco products are such that the new products do not raise different questions of public health.

For more information on all our substantial equivalence actions, visit our Tobacco Product Marketing Orders webpage.



In an effort to further retailer compliance with tobacco product regulation, FDA has produced an educational training video, along with a webinar promoting the video, entitled, “Sale to Minors: Age and ID Requirements for Sales of Regulated Tobacco.” This new tool was developed to assist industry and retailers in protecting America’s youth by keeping tobacco products out of the hands of kids. Specifically, the video educates the viewer about the legal requirements prohibiting the sale of regulated tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18 and how to check customer date of birth using a valid photo ID at point of sale for those under 27.

Check out the video and webinar on our website today!




Please join us for a FDA Basics webinar entitled, “20 Years Later – Returning to FDA to Regulate Tobacco,” to learn more about Director Zeller’s background and to hear his thoughts on key opportunities for FDA to help reduce the burden of tobacco through product regulation. The webinar will be moderated by CTP’s Director of Health Communication and Education, Kathy Crosby, and will allow for questions and answers at the end of the presentation.

To attend the online webinar, please book this date and time on your calendar now.   

Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 (previously scheduled for September 25th)
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT

Visit our website to learn more about this webinar and find the log in instructions.