FDA Center for Tobacco Products
The Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) exists to make tobacco-related death and disease part of America’s past, not America’s future. The CTP oversees the implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Its mission is to protect Americans from tobacco-related death and disease by regulating the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products. The CTP also educates the public about tobacco products and the dangers their use pose to society. Some of its responsibilities under the law include setting performance standards, reviewing premarket applications for new and modified risk tobacco products, requiring new warning labels, and establishing and enforcing advertising and promotion restrictions.
The CTP’s Public Health Liaison Branch in their Office of Policy establishes and maintains meaningful and appropriate relationships with government agencies and non‐profit organizations involved in public health and tobacco control in order to advance the development and implementation of regulation of the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of tobacco products in the U.S. Public Health Liaisons assigned specific geographical areas—serve as a resource for information on CTP activities, inform the CTP of external stakeholder information, disseminate information on CTP priorities and activities to public health stakeholder, and engage with special populations disproportionately impacted by tobacco use.
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- Overview of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act regulates the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products to protect public health.
- Timeline Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
Since it was signed in June 2009, the Tobacco Control Act has banned flavor cigarettes other than menthol, made warning labels obligatory for all tobacco products and established a list of harmful and potentially harmful constituents in tobacco products.
- Guidance, Compliance & Regulatory Information
The FDA is regularly, updating its set of guidance documents on various tobacco related topics, developing new regulations to further tobacco control and enforcing compliance through inspections.
- Public Dockets for Comment
Public Dockets are used through the Federal Register to solicit information from all stakeholders on a number of specific issues related to implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.
- Protecting Kids from Tobacco
The FDA has designed a set of requirements to curb access to cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products for children and adolescents in the United States.
- Overview: Cigarette Health Warnings
Pioneering the first change to tobacco warnings in more than 25 years, the FDA has announced that starting in September 2012, all cigarette packaging and advertisements will require larger, more prominent warnings than ever before.