April has proved to be an eventful month for tobacco control. The Center for Public Health Systems Science at Washington University in St. Louis and TCLC released a Point of Sale Strategies Tobacco Control Guide,
Congress released a report
calling out e-cigarette companies for targeting youth, and today the FDA announced
a proposal to extend its tobacco authority. The FDAâ€™s proposal
will extend itsâ€™ list of regulated products (cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco) to include other currently unregulated market products like e-cigarettes, pipe tobacco, nicotine gels, waterpipe tobacco, dissolvables, and cigars.
This proposal is a landmark event for the future of tobacco control, as extending the list of restricted products increases the potential to â€œmake the next generation tobacco free,â€ according to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.