FDA Increases Opportunities for Action

Yesterday I attended the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Los Angeles County quarterly meeting. I’m always happy to get out of the office and go to coalition meetings and catch up with colleagues! But this time there were also two great presentations about last year’s FDA law from Rosario Quintanilla Vior from the FDA Los Angeles District Office, as well as from our own Justin Garrett.

Check out a short clip from Justin’s presentation.

What was interesting to me about their presentations was realizing just how many ways there are for locals to get involved with this national law. As Ms. Vior said, “[the FDA law] presents opportunities to increase action on tobacco control at every level.”

  • Justin talked about exciting policy areas that are impacted by the FDA law, like laws closing loopholes on tobacco sampling, laws restricting price manipulation strategies, and laws requiring point of purchase health warnings, just to name a few.  
  • Ms. Vior reminded people to get involved in reporting potential violations to the FDA (by calling 1-877-287-1373 and press 4) and to give the agency feedback (AskCTCP@fda.hhs.gov).   
  • I also learned how you could use your existing tobacco retailer licensing ordinance to deal with violations of the FDA law. This works because strong licensing ordinances contain language that any violation of a local, state or federal law is a violation of the ordinance. So you can revoke a store’s license for a violation of the federal FDA law, such as selling flavored cigarettes.

If you’re interested in hearing more about the FDA law check out this TALC/Center webinar from last fall. Or just invite Justin to your coalition meeting!

–Vanessa Marvin

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