FDA unveils tobacco ingredients guidelines

Tobacco manufacturers will be required to list the ingredients in all of their products by 2017.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unveiled new draft guidelines Thursday that explain how tobacco manufacturers can comply with the rules to list the sort of tobacco, substances, compounds, additives and other ingredients that are used in their products.

The FDA began regulating tobacco in 2009.

The listing requirements already apply to cigarettes and smokeless tobacco but now are being extended to include cigars, electronic cigarettes, hookah and other tobacco products that were part of the FDA’s recent deeming rule.

Tobacco companies have until Feb. 8, 2017, to comply with the listing requirements for products that will already be on the market before the deeming rule went into effect last August. Small manufacturers will be granted more time.

For new products, tobacco companies must submit the ingredients to the FDA at least 90 days before they hit the market.

The public has 30 days to comment.