Advisory Committees

July 15-16 Meeting of the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting Announcement

July 15, 2010
& July 16, 2010

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center
9751 Washingtonian Boulevard
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Hotel phone number is 301-590-0044


(This announcement has been updated to include changes in the Agenda and in the times of the Open Public Hearing. )

On July 15, 2010, the committee will 1) receive updates on upcoming committee business related to menthol, including Agency requests for information from industry on menthol cigarettes in order to prepare for the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee’s required report to the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding the impact of use of menthol in cigarettes on the public health, and 2) hear and discuss industry presentations on menthol in cigarettes as they relate to five topics: characterization of menthol, clinical effects of menthol, biomarkers of disease risk, marketing data, and population effects.   

Specific areas of interest identified by the committee for industry presentations include:

Characterization of menthol
1) Trends in quantities of menthol present in the cigarette rod and smoke over time for various brands/subbrands of menthol and nonmenthol products as determined by the Cambridge Filter/ISO test method using standard parameters as well as the intense smoking conditions set forth in Canadian regulations.
2) Information regarding the manufacturing of menthol and nonmenthol cigarettes, including a) the source and type of menthol used, b) the presence or use of any menthol analogs, and c) the types of manufacturing processes through which menthol is introduced into the tobacco product, as well as the considerations in selecting a particular method.
3) The threshold (menthol content) at which a product is identified and marketed as a menthol cigarette and how that threshold is established.
4) The rationale for adding menthol to cigarettes not marketed as menthol cigarettes, and the criteria for determining the quantity of menthol to be added.
5) For international brands of menthol cigarettes, the quantities of menthol in both menthol and nonmenthol cigarettes sold internationally, and the factors considered in determining the quantity of menthol to be added.

Clinical effects of menthol

6) Studies of dose-response relationships for the physiologic effects of mentholated tobacco smoke.
7) Mechanistic studies of menthol effects including, a) chemosensory effects of menthol compounds in tobacco smoke, including effects at thermal and trigeminal receptors, b) the effect of menthol on the neurobiology of tobacco dependence, and c) the effect of menthol on clinical and behavioral measures.
8) Studies addressing the dosing relationship and the metabolic interactions between nicotine and menthol, including resulting perceptions of nicotine strength and the interaction between menthol delivery and nicotine/tar levels, for both low-menthol and high-menthol products.
9) Information on correlations between menthol content and consumer perceptions
regarding a) taste, b) nicotine strength, and c) product harm.


10) Analyses of laboratory and populations studies using biomarkers to assess the effect of menthol content on disease risk for cigarette smokers, based on cigarette consumption (e.g., cigarettes per day), including data related to menthol among population subgroups.

Marketing data

11) Data on consumer preferences for menthol cigarettes.
12) Consumer perception studies of advertising, packaging, and labeling of menthol cigarettes.
13) Marketing strategies for various brands/subbrands of menthol cigarettes, including strategies targeted to particular demographic groups.
14) Marketing strategies for various brands/subbrands of menthol cigarettes sold internationally.

Population effects

15) Among cigarette smokers, rates of switching from menthol to nonmenthol cigarettes and vice versa.
16) Comparative rates of initiation by youth and young adults with menthol and nonmenthol cigarettes.
17) Comparative rates of cessation for users of menthol and nonmenthol cigarettes.

Information regarding menthol derived from both natural and synthetic sources, as well as menthol analogs and functional equivalents will be important to the committee in evaluating the impact of the use of menthol in cigarettes on the public health. Furthermore, FDA asks that to the extent possible and where relevant, data prepared for the presentations be stratified by gender, race/ethnicity, and age.

On July 16, 2010, the committee will continue discussion on topic 2.

The FDA will work with representatives of the tobacco industry who wish to make presentations to ensure that adequate time, separate from the time slots for the general Open Public Hearing, is provided. Companies interested in making formal presentations to the Committee should respond by June 10, 2010, to with the following: 1) confirmation of your availability to present at the July 15-16, 2010 TPSAC meeting, 2) specific topics for which you have relevant information and which you intend to present during the July 15-16, 2010 TPSAC meeting, and 3) whether you are planning to provide background materials for the committee before the meeting. Each of the five broad categories listed in the Agenda portion of this notice will be allotted approximately one hour of presentation time during the meeting. Companies with common interest are urged to coordinate their oral presentations.

Meeting Materials

View Proposed Agenda, Proposed Roster, and other meeting materials

Public Participation Information

Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the committee.

  • Written submissions may be made to the contact person on or before
    June 30, 2010.
  • Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between approximately
    10:00 and 11:00 am on July 16. Those desiring to make formal oral
    presentations should notify the contact person and submit a brief statement of the
    general nature of the evidence or arguments they wish to present, the names and
    addresses of proposed participants, and an indication of the approximate time
    requested to make their presentation on or before June 21, 2010.

    Time allotted for each presentation may be limited. If the number of registrants requesting to speak is greater than can be reasonably accommodated during the scheduled open public hearing session, FDA may conduct a lottery to determine the speakers for the scheduled open public hearing session. The contact person will notify interested persons regarding their request to speak by June 23, 2010.

Contact Information

  • Cristi Stark, M.S.
    Center for Tobacco Products
    Food and Drug Administration
    9200 Corporate Boulevard
    Rockville, MD 20850

    Phone: 1-877-287-1373 (choose Option 4)
    FAX: 240-276-3904
  • FDA Advisory Committee Information Line
    (301-443-0572 in the Washington DC area)
    Code: 8732110002
    Please call the Information Line for up-to-date information on this meeting.

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Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app.2).

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