This Week in CTP – January 10, 2014
Introducing a Safety Reporting Portal for Tobacco Products + Join Us for an Upcoming Listening Session
Consumers or health care providers who suspect a problem with a tobacco product can now use the Department of Health and Human Services’ Safety Reporting Portal (SRP), a standardized online reporting system which has been revised with a new category for tobacco products. The update provides a standardized way for consumers and health care professionals to let FDA know when they suspect that there is an unexpected health or safety issue with a specific tobacco product.
FDA is interested in reports from consumers about tobacco products that are damaged, defective, are contaminated (such as cigarettes containing mold), or smell or taste wrong. Also, FDA wants to know if tobacco product users have experienced an unexpected health or safety problem they believe has been caused by use of a particular tobacco product, which could include:
• reports of fire caused by a tobacco product use,
• burns or other injuries,
• accidental or unintended exposure of children,
• allergic reactions,
• poisonings and other toxicities, or
• an unusual reaction in a long-time user.
Reports may be submitted about cigarettes, tobacco used for roll-your-own cigarettes, other smoking tobacco, cigars, smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes, or any other product made or derived from tobacco that is intended for human use. Reports submitted to the SRP will be reviewed, evaluated and where appropriate, issues will be addressed to ensure the protection of the public health.
On February 6, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., CTP’s Office of Science is holding a public listening session in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) in Seattle, Washington. Senior staff from the Office of Science will be present to hear relevant presentations from members of the public. Although presentations on any topic relevant to science-based regulation of tobacco products are welcome, we are particularly interested in hearing from the public on Center priorities, including:
• preventing youth tobacco initiation;
• encouraging tobacco cessation;
• reducing tobacco product harms and addictiveness; and
• continuing science-based regulation of tobacco products.
While this is a public listening session, you must register to present by January 25 . Please note that this listening session will not be webcast, but a transcript will be available and posted online in March.