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FDA Releases Long Awaited Proposal to Regulate E-cigarettes, Cigars, and Other Tobacco Products

Federal Update: FDA Releases Long Awaited Proposal to Regulate E-cigarettes, Cigars, and Other Tobacco Products
April 24, 2014

This morning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products issued its long-awaited proposal to regulate e-cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, hookah, pipe tobacco and other tobacco products. When Congress passed The 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, it created FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products and gave it immediate authority over cigarettes, smokeless and roll-your-own tobacco products. In addition Congress gave authority to the agency to assert jurisdiction over other tobacco products, which FDA is finally doing today. The proposed regulation would also establish 18 as the nationwide minimum age for the legal purchase of tobacco products.

This regulation proposes to extend basic authorities found in the Tobacco Control Act to all other tobacco products (including e-cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, hookah, and pipe tobacco), such as: Read More »

Save The Bay Wants Outdoor Smoking Bans to Protect Our Environment!

Outdoor smoking bans help protect public health—they also protect water quality and our environment. That’s why Save The Bay *has launched a new effort to work city-by-city to pass and enforce outdoor smoking bans to keep toxic cigarette litter out of our waterways and out of San Francisco Bay. Watch this video:

Tell your city’s leaders to adopt an outdoor smoking ban and stop litter at the source: http://bit.ly/1m4sFl5

Nationally and Locally, There Have Been Great Strides in Tobacco Control, However, There is More Work to be Done and Changes to be Made!

The United States 50 years ago seems like a society filled with completely different people. The culture back then was very different than today, from the cars we drove and jargon used to ideas held on public health. 50 years ago, people didn’t know the true harm tobacco has on smokers and the people around them. So what led to this change?

In 1964, the Surgeon General released a report on smoking and health. This report was the first of its kind and detailed the dangers of tobacco and linked smoking to lung cancer and heart disease. Although it took a lot of time and work to change the social norm of the smoking culture of the past, this report was a hot button issue and still is today.

A new Surgeon General’s Report, The Health Consequences of Smoking – 50 Years of Progress, was just released 2 weeks ago. This new report finds that although there has been progress, 20 million Americans have died due to tobacco in the past 50 years. And 2.5 million of these deaths were among nonsmokers who were exposed to secondhand smoke. Another shocking fact found in the report is that tobacco is even deadlier and more addictive than it was 50 years ago because of the increased amount of nicotine put into tobacco products today. Read More »

We Have Resources for Your CX Process

Recently, I’ve started getting lots of questions about how many and which communities have passed various local tobacco control policies. This is all part of the CX process that local tobacco coalitions are in the middle of right now. At the Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing, we produce a lot of documents that list the details of policies ranging from tobacco retailer licenses to secondhand smoke ordinances. In addition, we’ve done a lot of public opinion polling over the years, which might also be useful for your coalition to consider.

But with so much information, how do you all figure out what is available for each indicator? There are a lot of indicators, and we have resources for many of them. Here is a quick and dirty summary of some of the information you can find on our website: Read More »

The Obama Administration’s Proposal on Tobacco Regulation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (Part 2)

In part 1 of our 2 part series about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) we highlighted how Obama’s new tobacco proposal for the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement has created turmoil. Instead of creating a “safe harbor” as originally planned to allow strong anti-smoking laws to remain in place, Obama’s new tobacco clause will allow for more corporate intervention.

What does this look like? Well, we are already seeing this being done in Australia. More trade agreements are including settlement clauses allowing investors to directly make claims against governments. According to this document, these “investor-state dispute settlements” have a “pro-business decision-making culture cultivated by arbitral rules and working practices.” These practices will allow for arbitral adjucators, who are normally lawyers without any public health knowledge, to bring claims against governments. This of course, leaves room for one to believe that these adjucators will have a bias toward tobacco corporations. Read More »