James Foster
IPCPR 2016I flew out Sunday the 26th of July in the wee hours to arrive in Vegas in time for breakfast and to attend seminars all day on the FDA regulations and what it means to the premium tobacco industry. There is bad news, and there is “we just don’t know” news, and I’ll preface this and say that I have a sense from the IPCPR, who are putting a brave face on it, that with the lawsuit the FDA will come back to the table and talk to us again. In part 1 of a 2 part series on the IPCPR Conference I’ll cover the FDA regulations and then in part 2 I’ll cover the good news with some of the really cool new stuff that is coming out for 2016 and 2017 in the pipe and tobacco industry.

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Published: June 7, 2010
New York Times

An ethics watchdog group filed a challenge on Monday against two members of a new federal advisory committee for tobacco product safety, saying they should be disqualified because they are consultants for drug companies that make smoking cessation products.

"Everybody hates the tobacco companies, but favoring the drug companies can’t be the answer," Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said in an interview after filing the complaint with the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services.

She said the two panelists’ ties to smoking cessation businesses would undermine public confidence in regulation of the tobacco industry, which came under the purview of the Food and Drug Administration with the federal tobacco law passed last year.

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By Tommy Zarzecki

Say… What’s that Smell?


There’s an old saying that simply says, "I smell a rat."


Back on June 22, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (PDF, 350 K). This historic legislation grants authority to regulate tobacco products to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The interesting thing here is that tobacco is neither a food or a drug, yet the brain trust of our wonderful country has put the FDA in charge of regulating the industry.

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