FDA tightening tobacco review process

Tobacco manufacturers are facing new roadblocks from the Obama administration.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Friday it is tightening up the review process for tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes and smokeless tobacco.

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Premarket submissions from tobacco manufacturers must meet new requirements before the FDA will review them.

The FDA will only review tobacco submissions that are written in English, “pertain to a tobacco product,” identify the tobacco product, include all the required forms, an environmental assessment, and the applicant’s contact information.

The FDA says tightening up its review process will allow it to focus on “quality submissions” from other tobacco companies.

The agency must review tobacco products before they are approved for public consumption.

The final direct rule goes into effect in 135 days.