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FDA Seeks Cigar Regulation

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently published a notice in the Federal Register, noting the agency intends to adopt a rule that would subject cigars to the same regulations as cigarettes and other tobacco products (OTP) under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act passed by Congress, according to the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO).

The act, which took effect June 2009, gave the FDA authority to regulate tobacco products.

The notice published this week states the "proposed rule would deem cigars to be subject to the Tobacco Control Act and include provisions to address public health concerns raised by cigars."

NATO expects the FDA will issue in June a proposed rule regarding the regulation of cigars, and allow the public to comment. The association said it intends to submit comments to the FDA after the proposed rule is published.

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