AARC Urges FDA on Final Rule for Tobacco
August 12, 2014
AARC was among 24 leading public health and medical organizations, which have called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue a final rule to regulate all tobacco products by April 25, 2015. In addition, AARC submitted standalone comments to ask FDA to state that all tobacco products should be under their jurisdiction and regulation.
AARC had asked its members to participate in a letter-writing campaign, as it continued to work with the group and develop our own public comments for tobacco regulation. In the AARC letter, President George Gaebler states:
The final rule should be comprehensive in scope and sufficiently strong enough to protect the public, and particularly children, from known or potential risks of the newly-deemed products. FDA should reject the regulatory option that would exempt “premium cigars” from the deeming rule. Any gaps in FDA’s regulatory authority will be an invitation to tobacco industry manipulation to ensure that addictive and dangerous products escape regulation which can threaten to addict young people and inflict inevitable disease and death.
In our comments we have specifically called for the following actions: