FDA Must Be Allowed to Remove Candy-flavored E-Cigarettes, Cigars and Other Tobacco Products that Appeal to Kids
(May 31, 2016) - CHICAGO
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Statement of Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, in response to release of the redline version of the Food and Drug Administration deeming regulation originally transmitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget:
"The American Lung Association is disappointed to see a key provision in the final 'deeming' rule was removed that would have required all flavored e-cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, hookah and other newly 'deemed' products to be removed from the marketplace by November of 2016.
"We have an important opportunity to protect youth from tobacco products, and we are deeply troubled that these important safeguards were stripped in this way when FDA repeatedly demonstrated that the science shows flavored products appeal to youth and young adults.
"The science is clear: candy— and fruit-flavored products appeal to youth and they should be removed from the marketplace. As FDA reviews product applications for all newly deemed products, they must ensure flavored products are taken off the market for good."
Under that deleted provision, FDA made clear that they were not "banning" flavored products but instead removing newly deemed flavored products from the marketplace until FDA determines the product was grandfathered or after a product received a marketing authorization to be sold.
The full redline version can be found at https://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FDA-2014-N-0189-83193.
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