In the United States, the manufacture, distribution and marketing of tobacco products is regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), pursuant to authority extended to the agency in 2009 with the enactment of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act). While that law initially gave FDA authority over certain categories of tobacco products (e.g., cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco), in August 2016, FDA’s “Deeming Rule” extended that authority to all products that are made from or contain tobacco-derived substances, such as nicotine. Now, products such as cigars, pipe tobacco, shisha/hookah and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are subject to the Tobacco Control Act and FDA’s authority. But regulators have struggled to keep up with the evolving technology and are still grappling with the public health consequences—both pro and con—and continue to adopt policies and regulations to address new issues that emerge (i.e., underage use and flavors).
Part of the book: Smoking