Tobacco Regulation & The FDA

WASHINGTON, D.C., 1997 - The influence of tobacco smoking on health has become widely publicized in recent decades. The following information has been issued directly from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA):

FDA has been receiving inquiries recently about its regulation of tobacco and the previously announced effective date of August 28 for provisions covering vending machines, self-service displays and advertising. Because of a lawsuit brought by the tobacco, advertising and convenience store industries against FDA, the effective date of "access" provisions has been delayed, and the following can be used to answer questions:

In April, 1997, the Federal District Court in Greensboro, N.C., ruled that FDA had jurisdiction under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to regulate nicotine-containing cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products.

The court upheld all restrictions involving youth access and labeling but delayed implementation of some of these provisions, pending further order of the court. In addition, the court found that FDA did not have authority under the statutory provision that FDA relied on to regulate the advertising and promotion of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.