Tobacco Companies Sue FDA Over Label Approvals
A group of tobacco companies sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday over recent guidance they say violates their free-speech rights by mandating pre-approval of labeling changes. Plaintiffs including R.J. Reynolds Co, Lorillard Tobacco Co and Altria Group Inc’s Philip Morris USA Inc filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to try to block the directive, which was issued in March. If the guidance is left intact, the companies say, they could be exposed to substantial financial and legal penalties if they make changes to how they package or market already-approved tobacco products without the FDA’s permission. The FDA issued the guidelines to help clarify what changes require regulatory approval under the 2009 Tobacco Control Act. But the tobacco companies said the FDA’s authority to regulate labeling was limited to products that claim to reduce tobacco-related harm or other circumstances addressed by formal rulemaking. Click HERE for more information.
Warning Letters Issued to E-Cigarette Companies Illegally Making FDA-Related Claims
For the first time, the FDA recently issued warning letters to three different companies – Vaperz Ltd, Knoxville Vapor and Dr. K – for making FDA-related claims on their websites regarding their e-cigarette or e-liquid products. The Federal Food Drug & Cosmetic Act prohibits companies from making statements to consumers about tobacco products that would mislead consumers into believing that products have been approved or inspected by the FDA. Read more HERE.
- Smoking can cause colorectal cancer and vision loss (macular degeneration), two critical health problems addressed in this year’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign.
- The Tips campaign is a “best buy” for public health, costing only $393 per year of life saved—see how it works in this infographic [PDF-1.6MB].
- You can promote smoking cessation by using and sharing Tips campaign resources, including videos, social media messages, print ads, buttons, and more.
Reports on E-Cigarette Adverse Events
Click on the link below to view the e-cigarette safety reports submitted to the FDA. These are voluntary reports of adverse events involving e-cigarettes from consumers, health professionals and concerned members of the public.
To see reports:
Scroll down to Special Interest Topics: E-Cigarette Adverse Events.
Click here for safety reports
Fond du Lac Sustainability and Policy Committee Meeting
Join us at our next Tobacco Prevention & Control Meeting
Wednesday May 27, 2015
Fond du Lac City/County Government Center
160 S. Macy Street
Fond du Lac
Asthma Home Walkthrough Toolkit
Click here for the Asthma Home Walkthrough Toolkit.
Wisconsin Tobacco Facts
- 5,100 kids (under 18) become new daily smokers each year
- 6.7 million packs of cigarettes are bought or smoked by kids each year
- Wisconsin's annual health care costs directly caused by smoking is $2.66 billion
- 7,600 adults in Wisconsin die each year from their own smoking