FDA Unveils Searchable Tobacco Products Database to Bolster Compliance and Transparency

Last week, FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) announced the release of its Searchable Tobacco Products Database. This tool provides easy access to a list of legally marketable tobacco products within the United States, integrating a user-friendly design with sophisticated search functionalities, making navigation and information retrieval very easy. The FDA has committed to monthly updates, ensuring the availability of current and accurate product information.

FDA categorizes listed tobacco products into three groups:

  1. New Tobacco Products: products that have successfully navigated through one of the FDA’s pathways for new tobacco product market authorization.
  2. Pre-existing Tobacco Products: Identified through a voluntary determination program, these products were commercially available as of February 15, 2007.
  3. Provisional Tobacco Products: that have been withdrawn from the FDA review process.

The database fosters enhanced transparency that aligns with the needs particularly of retailers, to empower stakeholders to better meet regulatory requirements. It encompasses nearly 17,000 tobacco products, including more than 12,000 Pre-existing Tobacco Products category. The database provides detailed information for each listed product, including the product name, manufacturer, categorization, the statutory or regulatory basis for its marketability in the U.S., and the specific date of the FDA’s decision. It also provides access to an array of regulatory and scientific documents associated with the tobacco product application, including Order Letters, Decision Summaries, Environmental Assessments (EAs), and their related documentation.

FDA has also introduced a supplementary resource, the Searchable Tobacco Products Database – Additional Information, designed to demystify the terminology and contextual background of the database […]

By |2024-04-05T11:28:15-04:00April 2, 2024|Tobacco, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)|Comments Off on FDA Unveils Searchable Tobacco Products Database to Bolster Compliance and Transparency

HELP! CBP Seized My Tobacco Products as Drug Paraphernalia, What Now? / ¡AYUDA! CBP INCAUTO MIS PRODUCTOS DE TABACO COMO PARAFERNALIA DE DROGAS, ¿AHORA QUÉ HAGO?

Our office has increasingly received requests for guidance on importation of marijuana paraphernalia products to the U.S. where twenty-six (26) states have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes and/or personal consumption such as California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada. The purpose of this article is to dispel the confusion as to why paraphernalia products (grinders, storage containers, rolling paper, pipes, vape pens, etc.) are continuously being seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), even when such products may be used by tobacco smokers. It is important to address the realities between federal and state laws regulating drug paraphernalia products so importers can avoid CBP’s enforcement of U.S. Laws.

Why Does CBP Stop Drug Paraphernalia?

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By |2021-11-09T13:50:03-05:00May 30, 2017|Best Practices, Customs Broker, E-Cigarette, Import, Import Alert, International Travel, Seizures, Tobacco, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)|Comments Off on HELP! CBP Seized My Tobacco Products as Drug Paraphernalia, What Now? / ¡AYUDA! CBP INCAUTO MIS PRODUCTOS DE TABACO COMO PARAFERNALIA DE DROGAS, ¿AHORA QUÉ HAGO?

E-Cigs “Deemed” Tobacco Under New FDA Proposed Rule

On April 24, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced what some call a “long- awaited” proposed regulation that will impact the future of the currently booming e-cigarette industry.  Currently, e-cigarettes are not a part of FDA’s purview and have no FDA oversight – FDA’s proposed rule intends to change this in a big way.

How is Tobacco Defined Currently?

Section 201(rr) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), (21 U.S.C. 321(rr)),as amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act), currently defines the term “tobacco product,” as ” any product made or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption, including any component, part, or accessory of a tobacco product… “.

The Tobacco Control Act permitted FDA to regulate cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco automatically as “tobacco product” under the FD&C Act.

Section 901 of the FD&C Act  gives the FDA leeway to include “any other tobacco products that the Secretary by regulation deems to be subject to this chapter” and therefore subject to FDA regulation under the FD&C Act.

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By |2021-11-09T15:05:13-05:00April 25, 2014|Tobacco, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)|Comments Off on E-Cigs “Deemed” Tobacco Under New FDA Proposed Rule
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