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Health Agencies Update
March 26, 2014

FDA Halts Sale of Certain Tobacco Products

JAMA. 2014;311(12):1192. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.3087

For the first time since the agency gained the authority to regulate tobacco, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) halted sales of certain tobacco products because the manufacturer failed to meet agency requirements.

The 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act gave the FDA the authority to regulate tobacco products. Under the law, the FDA requires manufacturers of products that went on the market after February 15, 2007, to prove their product is “substantially equivalent” to products on the market before that date.

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