FDA Issues Tobacco Regulation

Sutra BidiThe FDA issued its first orders regulating tobacco products, since the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act was passed in 2009. The FDA halted the current sales and distribution of four tobacco products, manufactured by Jash International. These products are Sutra Bidis, Sutra Bidis Menthol, Sutra Bidis Red Cone, and Sutra Bidis Menthol Cone.

Bidis are thin, hand-rolled cigarettes filled with tobacco and wrapped in leaves from a tendu tree that are tied with string. The company did not provide the FDA with information that indicated their product was substantially equivalent to tobacco. Under the Tobacco Control Act, the FDA reviews product applications that claim to be substantially equivalent to tobacco products currently on the market (predicate products).

The Director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, Mitch Zeller said, “Historically, tobacco companies controlled which products came on and off the market without any oversight…” As an agency responsible for protecting and promoting public health, the FDA is exercising the power given to it by the Tobacco Control Act. Subsequently, protecting the health of Alachua County residents as a result.

For more information visit FDA.gov.

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