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FDA Seeks Comments on Tobacco Retailer Training Programs

Wednesday, April 10, 2013  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Federal Register 3.27.13

Announcement: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Guidance for Industry on Tobacco Retailer Training Programs

Agency: A Notice by the Food and Drug Administration on 03/27/2013 [Docket No. FDA–2010–D–0350]

Action: Notice

Summary: The Tobacco Control Act provides for penalties for violations of sale and distribution, including youth access, and advertising and promotion restrictions for retailers who have implemented a training program that complies with standards developed by FDA for such programs. The guidance discusses the elements that should be covered in a training program, such as: (1) Federal laws restricting the sale and distribution, including youth access to, and the advertising and promotion of, cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products; (2) the health and economic effects of tobacco use, especially when the tobacco use begins at a young age; (3) written company policies against the sale of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to minors; (4) identification of the cigarettes and smokeless tobacco sold in the retail establishment that are subject to the Federal laws prohibiting their sale to persons under the age of 18; and (5) age verification methods.

Relevancy: The FDA seeks comments on the draft guidance for the retailer training program

To Submit: To ensure that comments on the information collection are received, OMB recommends that written comments be faxed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attn: FDA Desk Officer, FAX: 202–395–7285, or emailed to All comments should be identified with the OMB control number 0910–NEW and title ‘‘Guidance for Industry on Tobacco Retailer Training Programs.’’ Also include the FDA docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document.

Comments due: April 26, 2013

The Federal Register Notice
Draft Guidance Document 

Source: Meg Riordan,  Director, Policy Research, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

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