Fundamental flaws in FDA's tobacco regulation law: expert

Fundamental flaws in FDA's tobacco regulation law: expert
Partner Azim Chowdhury of Keller and Heckman law firm criticizes the FDA's tobacco product regulation for allowing existing products to avoid scrutiny.

Azim Chowdhury, a partner at law firm Keller and Heckman, has criticized the implementation of the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which gave the agency the power to regulate tobacco products. Chowdhury wrote in Filter magazine that requirements for pre-market authorization of “new” products created almost insurmountable obstacles for potentially reduced risk products, while allowing existing products, including combustible cigarettes, to largely evade FDA scrutiny. Chowdhury proposed several ways in which the FDA could more effectively implement the law, including considering all evidence in pre-market applications for tobacco products, rather than conducting individual reviews. He also suggested that the FDA needed to halt the spread of counterfeit products, which posed greater risks to consumers and threatened small businesses and e-cigarette shops that were already struggling with FDA enforcement.

Finally, the FDA should allocate more resources towards developing reasonable safety, quality, and marketing standards for products.


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