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FDA’s Word on Enforcement and Compliance for Vape Shops – Draft Guidance

The Food and Drug Administration has released a draft compliance and enforcement document for vape shops falling under the deeming rule, where all shops that ‘create or modify these products are considered manufacturers under the FD&C Act and, therefore, are responsible for complying with the requirements under the law that apply to manufacturers’.

By opening a draft document to the public, the FDA offers an opportunity to educate newly-deemed retailers before such an enforcement and compliance goes into effect. The document outlines: ‘definitions, the FDA’s interpretation of and compliance policy for the label requirement in section 903(a)(2)(C) of the FD&C Act, which vape shop activities subject vape shops to certain requirements of the FD&C Act, and the limited circumstances under which FDA does not intend to enforce compliance’.

It is worth noting that the FDA intends to include ‘any establishment that performs the described activities, such as stores that sell hookah (waterpipes) or pipes’. Business owners should be aware of the impending compliance laws and their enforcement provisions. For more, read the FDA’s release linked at the top of this description.

-EB

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Tobacco Control Legal Consortium

Tobacco Control Legal Consortium
The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium is America’s award-winning legal network for tobacco control policy. Drawing on experts in its eight affiliated legal centers, the Consortium works to assist communities with tobacco law-related issues, ranging from smoke-free policies to tobacco control funding laws to regulation of flavored cigarettes.

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Global Advisors On Smokefree Policy (GASP)

Global Advisors On Smokefree Policy (GASP)
GASP is a non-profit dedicated to serving and educating the public on smoke- and tobacco-free public policies. We provide educational guidance and expert technical assistance to local, county, state, federal jurisdictions exploring smokefree and tobacco-free initiatives, including tobacco 21 age of sale, health concerns with use and exposure to electronic smoking devices, and smokefree outdoor recreational areas like parks and beaches.

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Americans for Nonsmokers’ rights

Americans for Nonsmoker’s rights
Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights is the leading national lobbying organization (501 (c) 4), dedicated to nonsmokers’ rights, taking on the tobacco industry at all levels of government, protecting nonsmokers from exposure to secondhand smoke, and preventing tobacco addiction among youth.

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Tobacco Free Kids

Tobacco Free Kids
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. Our vision: A future free of the death and disease caused by tobacco. We work to save lives by advocating for public policies that prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke.

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Action on Smoking & Health

Action on Smoking & Health
Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) envisions a world free of tobacco-related damage, disease and death. This is accomplished by taking action to educate the public and decision makers, track the tobacco industry, and work for sensible public policies at the local, national and global levels.

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Tobacco Free Massachusetts

Tobacco Free Massachusetts
Tobacco Free Mass envisions a day when future generations are no longer affected by the tobacco industry’s products and tactics, tobacco-related disease and death are eliminated, every individual, including the most vulnerable and at-risk, has access to affordable, evidence-based and comprehensive cessation and prevention services, and every individual lives free of secondhand smoke exposure.

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CDC Tobacco Prevention

Centers For Disease Control And Prevention – Smoking And Tobacco Use
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through the Office on Smoking and Health (OSH), is the lead federal agency for comprehensive tobacco prevention and control. OSH is a division within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, which is located within CDC’s Coordinating Center for Health Promotion.

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American Academy Of Pediatrics

American Academy Of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence is committed to protecting children from tobacco and secondhand smoke. Clinicians, researchers, advocates, and families all play a critical role. The Richmond Center offers tools and resources to help clinicians and communities, as well as supports research and policy development to create a healthy environment for children, adolescents, and families.

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American Lung Association – State Of Tobacco Control

American Lung Association – State Of Tobacco Control
The twelfth annual American Lung Association “State of Tobacco Control” report tracks progress on key tobacco control policies at the state and federal levels, and assigns grades based on tobacco control laws and regulations in effect as of January 2, 2014. The federal government, all 50 state governments and the District of Columbia are graded to determine if tobacco control laws are adequately protecting citizens from the enormous toll tobacco use takes on lives and the economy.

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Truth Initiative

Truth Initiative
Truth Initiative is America’s largest non-profit public health organization dedicated to making tobacco use a thing of the past. We speak, seek and spread the truth about tobacco through education, tobacco-control research and policy, and community activism and engagement.

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UCSF Center For Tobacco Control Research And Education

UCSF Center For Tobacco Control Research And Education
The Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education serves as a focal point for a broad range of research, education, and public service activities for 46 faculty in 11 departments and all 4 schools at UCSF, as well as colleagues at UC Berkeley and UC Merced.

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Breath North Dakota

Breathe North Dakota
The North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy, also known as BreatheND, became funded in 2008 when North Dakota voters passed an initiated measure requiring a portion of the funds the state receives from tobacco settlement dollars to be used for tobacco prevention and control programs. North Dakota’s comprehensive tobacco prevention goals are to significantly reduce tobacco use and its health and economic consequences by using policies and programs proven to keep kids from starting to use tobacco, help tobacco users quit, and protect everyone from secondhand smoke. The state’s comprehensive tobacco prevention plan, Saving Lives, Saving Money, is based on proven best practices established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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