Tobacco Products

March 2016: Waterpipes - A Public Workshop

March 17, 2016 
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

March 18, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Center for Tobacco Products (CTP)
FDA White Oak Conference Center
Building 31, Room 1503
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland 20993-0002

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Workshop Objective:

The purpose of this workshop is to gather scientific information and stimulate discussion among scientists about waterpipes and waterpipe tobacco (hookah). This workshop intends to address a wide range of information on waterpipes and waterpipe tobacco smoking, including presentations and panel discussions about the current state of the science, and will focus on product design, smoke constituents and emissions of harmful and potentially harmful constituents (HPHCs), HPHC exposures to users and non-users, environmental impacts, prevalence and patterns of use, perceptions, addiction, and the impact of marketing these products on population health including both users and nonusers.

Should the Agency move forward to regulate waterpipe tobacco as proposed in the Agency’s rulemaking titled Deeming Tobacco Products to Be Subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as Amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act; Regulations on the Sale and Distribution of Tobacco Products and Required Warning Statements for Tobacco Products, 79 FR 23142 (Proposed Apr. 25, 2014), additional information about the products would assist the Agency in carrying out its responsibilities under the law.  The workshop is intended to better inform FDA about these products through the exchange of scientific information, but is not intended to seek advice or consensus.

Who Should Attend this Workshop?

Scientific and medical experts or other interested participants from academia, public health organizations, federal, state and local government agencies, the tobacco industry, and other interested stakeholders.

Registration to Attend the Workshop:

If you wish to attend the workshop in person or by webcast, you must register by submitting either an electronic or written request no later than February 25, 2016.
Please submit electronic requests at Persons without Internet access may send written requests for registration to Caryn Cohen (see Contact for Questions, below).  Requests for registration must include the prospective attendee’s name, title, affiliation, address, email address if available, and telephone number.  Registration is free and you may register to either attend in-person or view the live webcast.  Both seating and viewership are limited, so early registration is recommended.  FDA may limit the number of registrants from a single organization, as well as the total number of participants, if registration reaches full capacity. 
For registrants with Internet access, confirmation of registration will be emailed to you no later than March 1, 2016. 
Onsite registration may be allowed if space is available. If registration reaches maximum capacity, FDA will post a notice closing registration at  

Archived Webcast and Transcripts:

FDA will post the webcast along with complete transcripts on this website as soon as they are available.

Presenters and Panelists:

FDA is interested in gathering scientific information from individuals with a broad range of backgrounds on the scientific topics to be discussed at the workshop. We are inviting presenters and panelists to address the pertinent information and provide insight into methods to better address information pertaining to the following topics related to waterpipes:

  1. Chemistry And Toxicology
  2. Engineering And Design
  3. Clinical Pharmacology, Dependence, And Abuse Liability
  4. Microbiology
  5. Environmental Impacts
  6. Perceptions And Marketing
  7. Prevalence And Patterns Of Use
  8. Health Effects Of Waterpipe Smoking

If you are interested in serving as a presenter or panelist, please submit the following information found in the paragraph directly below, along with the topic on which you would like to speak, to by February 1, 2016.

To be considered to serve as a presenter, please provide the following:

  • A brief abstract for each presentation. The abstract should identify the specific topic(s) to be addressed and the amount of time requested.
  • A one-page biosketch that describes and supports the speaker’s scientific expertise on the specific topic(s) being presented, nature of the individual’s experience and research in the scientific field, positions held, and any program development activities.

Panelists will discuss the scientific presentations and questions listed above. To be considered as a panelist, please provide the following:

  • A one-page biosketch that describes and supports the speaker’s scientific expertise on the specific topic(s) being presented, nature of the individual’s experience and research in the scientific field, positions held, and any program development activities.
FDA Invites Public Comments on Waterpipes and Waterpipe Tobacco (hookah)

To present oral comments at the workshop:

For those attending the workshop in person, FDA will hold a public comment session on the above listed topics on March 18, 2016, during which comments from the public will be accepted. If you would like to present during the public comment session, please indicate this at the time of registration at and provide the specific topic of your presentation. FDA will do its best to accommodate requests to speak.  Individuals and organizations with common interests are urged to consolidate or coordinate their remarks and request time for a joint presentation.  FDA will determine the amount of time allotted to each speaker and provide instructions to speakers ahead of the meeting.

Requesters with Internet access will receive an email regarding your request to speak during the public comment period by March 1, 2016.

Docket for submitting public written comments:

FDA will announce via a Federal Register notice the establishment of a docket for submission of written comments about the topics to be addressed at the workshop.  Regardless of attendance at the public workshop, interested persons are invited to submit comments to the docket.  The forthcoming Federal Register notice will provide information on how to submit comments.

Key Dates:
  • Deadline for Requests to Serve as a Presenter or Panelist: February 1, 2016
  • Registration Deadline: February 25, 2016
  •  Deadline for Requests to Speak During Public Comment Session: February 25, 2016
  • Date successful registrants will receive registration confirmation: March 1, 2016
  • Date requests to present oral comments will be acknowledged: March 1, 2016
Special Accommodations:

If you need special accommodations because of disability, please contact Caryn Cohen (see Contact for Questions) at least seven days before the meeting. Contact for Questions:

Caryn Cohen, MS
Office of Science
Center for Tobacco Products
Food and Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Building 75
Silver Spring, Maryland 20993-0002
Telephone: 1-877-287-1373 (choose Option 5)
FAX: 301-595-1138

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