How should the FDA regulate E-Cigarettes and other tobacco products? Comments due 8/31/2015

The Food and Drug Administration published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking in July 2015 seeking public input for the regulation of e-cigarettes and novel tobacco products (i.e. dissolvables, lotions, gels, and drinks). Currently, the FDA regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco. The FDA is considering extending its regulations to cover e-cigarettes and other novel tobacco products.

The agency is asking for specific information as it considers an expanded regulation, and it asks for comments on two general areas:

1) What health advisory warnings, if any, should be displayed on e-cigarettes and novel tobacco products? Should pictures be included?

2) Should the FDA require child-resistant packaging for liquid nicotine and other products?


You can read the full Advance notice of proposed rulemaking here: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/07/01/2015-16151/nicotine-exposure-warnings-and-child-resistant-packaging-for-liquid-nicotine-nicotine-containing#page-37556




How can you make your voice heard?

The notice has numbered questions for both areas of concerns, which you can address in your comments. Comments can be submitted electronically and via regular mail until August 31, 2015. Make sure to include Docket No FDA-2015-N-1514 in your letter.






Fariha Hussain, M.D.


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Partially Hydrogenated Oils

On the Federal Register this week the FDA has announced that they have tentatively determined that partially hydrogenated oils – the primary dietary source of trans fats – are not generally recognized as safe. Were they to make this determination final, partially hydrogenated oils would not longer be able to be sold as ingredients in foods. The FDA is requesting comments and scientific data through January 7.

Tentative Determination Regarding Partially Hydrogenated Oils

Read more from the FDA, from the New York Times, and from a lady who seems like she knows what she’s talking about.

by Dolly Lucio Sevier, MD