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DEADLINE AUGUST 8! 30-day Extension on Comment Period for Deeming!

Friday, July 11, 2014  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
FDA has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing a 30-day extension of the comment period for the proposed rule, Deeming Tobacco Products To Be Subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as Amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The proposed rule, which appeared in the Federal Register of April 25, 2014, is seeking comments on FDA's regulatory approach to electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products, proposed options for the regulation of cigars, pathways to market for proposed deemed tobacco products, and compliance dates for certain provisions, among other issues. The comment period will now close on August 8, 2014.

The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids has created a microsite that may be useful to NAQC members -- -- aimed at generating comments to the FDA deeming docket to counter the tens of thousands of comments being submitted by cigar lovers and vapers. The site includes background info, talking points, fact sheets on cigars and e-cigarettes, and sample comments for parents, health care providers, concerned citizens and public health advocates. There are several click-through opportunities to submit comments directly into the deeming docket at, along with some basic instructions on how to fill out the comment form.It is not branded with any logo (although it does state at the bottom that it was developed by CTFK so people know where it came from) and CTFK will not capture any names or know who clicks through to take action. The site has been tested in all major web browsers and has been designed to work on smartphones and tablets.

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