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FDA Issues New Rule on Tobacco Products

May 12, 2016

On May 5, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a rule extending its authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco, among others. The rule requires manufacturers to show that their products meet the applicable public health standard set forth in the law and receive marketing authorization from the FDA, unless the product was on the market as of February 15, 2007. Product manufacturers have two years to comply with the rule.

The rule also focuses on preventing the sale of products like e-cigarettes, hookah tobacco or cigars to people under age 18. Those portions of the rule focusing on youth tobacco access will go into effect in 90 days.

Advertising or flavoring restrictions for other tobacco products are not included in the new rule.