Category: Tobacco


FDA Approves First E-Cigarette for Tobacco Cessation Use

In the first authorization of its kind, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week announced it has authorized the marketing of three new electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products through the FDA’s Premarket Tobacco Product Application (PMTA) pathway. The FDA granted marketing approvals to R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company for its Vuse Solo ENDS…

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FDA Denies 55,000 E-Cigarette Product Applications

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week announced it had issued the first marketing denial orders (MDOs) for electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products after determining the applications for approximately 55,000 flavored electronic cigarette products lacked sufficient evidence that they have a benefit to adult smokers to overcome the public health threat posed…

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Bonta Joins Attorneys General Urging FDA to Restrict Tobacco Products

On Wednesday, California Attorney General Rob Bonta joined a bipartisan coalition of 31 state attorneys general in urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action to protect public health and address youth tobacco use by more effectively regulating electronic cigarettes and other emerging tobacco products. Specifically, the coalition of attorneys general are…

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CDPH Launches Campaign to Combat Youth Vaping

On Monday, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) launched a new advertising campaign entitled, “Tell Your Story,” in response to the latest high school vaping data from the 2019-20 California Student Tobacco Survey. The survey, which includes data from September 2019 to March 2020, found that California’s high school vaping rate is at its…

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FDA Takes Steps to Ban Menthol, Flavored Cigar Tobacco Products

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its commitment to advancing two tobacco product standards to significantly reduce disease and death caused by using combustible tobacco products. The two standards – a menthol product standard and a flavored cigar standard – will aim to ban menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes…

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Auditor Issues Report on Proposition 56 Tobacco Tax Administration

California State Auditor Elaine Howle this week released an audit report entitled, “Proposition 56 Tobacco Tax: State Agencies’ Weak Administration Reduced Revenue by Millions of Dollars and Led to the Improper Use and Inadequate Disclosure of Funds.” Auditor Howle determined that the Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) did not ensure the accuracy of…

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Coalition Submits Over 1 Million Signatures to Overturn Flavored Tobacco Ban

Last week, a coalition consisting of retailers and tobacco industry representatives, including tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris USA, submitted over one million signatures from California voters in an attempt to overturn SB 793 (Hill) that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products statewide. Recall, the coalition initially filed referendum paperwork to overturn…

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