FDA ‘providing targeted relief’ on some tobacco regulation timelines
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a new comprehensive plan for tobacco and nicotine regulation that will serve as a multi-year roadmap to better protect kids and significantly reduce tobacco-related disease and death.
As part of the plan, the agency is also providing targeted relief on some timelines described in the May 2016 final rule that extended the FDA’s authority to additional tobacco products.
The agency intends to extend timelines to submit tobacco product review applications for newly regulated tobacco products that were on the market as of Aug. 8, 2016. This action will afford the agency time to explore clear and meaningful measures to make tobacco products less toxic, appealing and addictive.
The agency plans to issue this guidance describing a new enforcement policy shortly.
The approach places nicotine, and the issue of addiction, at the center of the agency’s tobacco regulation efforts.
Under expected revised timelines, applications for newly-regulated combustible products, such as cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah tobacco, would be submitted by Aug. 8, 2021, and applications for non-combustible products such as ENDS or e-cigarettes would be submitted by Aug. 8, 2022.
Additionally, the FDA expects that manufacturers would continue to market products while the agency reviews product applications.
The FDA announced a new comprehensive plan for tobacco and nicotine regulation that will serve as a multi-year roadmap to “better protect kids and significantly reduce tobacco-related disease and death.”
The approach shifts focus to nicotine and the issue of addiction as the center of the agency’s tobacco regulation efforts. The aim, according to the agency, is to ensure that the FDA has the proper scientific and regulatory foundation to efficiently and effectively implement the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.
Commenting on the matter, FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said, “Unless we change course, 5.6M young people alive today will die prematurely later in life from tobacco use. Envisioning a world where cigarettes would no longer create or sustain addiction, and where adults who still need or want nicotine could get it from alternative and less harmful sources, needs to be the cornerstone of our efforts – and we believe it’s vital that we pursue this common ground.”
TOBACCO STOCKS FALL
Publicly traded companies in the tobacco products space include Altria Group (MO), British American Tobacco (BTI), Philip Morris (PM) and Reynolds American (RAI). Altria Group is down 5% on the news.
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