The FDA to issue a final rule to put color, graphic warnings depicting the health consequences of smoking on cigarettes;
The FDA to apply stricter labeling and advertising requirements to all tobacco products covered under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 387a);
Raising the age at which entities may sell tobacco products to an individual from 18 to 21;
Banning sale of any tobacco product not done through a “direct, face-to-face exchange between a retailer and a consumer”;
Banning tobacco products containing artificial or natural flavors other than tobacco with an exception granted to those products that are determined by the FDA to promote smoking cessation among ongoing tobacco users and found to not increase the likelihood of attracting new tobacco users;
Increasing user fees of tobacco products;
The FDA to issue a final rule to regulate synthetic nicotine;
The FTC to regulate the marketing, advertising, or promoting of e-cigarettes to those under 21 years of age, including overseeing enforcement of violations to these provisions; and
The FTC to provide a report to Congress detailing advertising and marketing practices by manufacturers of tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, and e-cigarettes.
The Hill – Walmart announced Wednesday that it will cease selling tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to customers under the age of 21. Walmart said in a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the change will go into effect on July 1.
The Hill – The lead Democratic sponsor of bipartisan legislation to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21 called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday to co-sponsor the bill rather than introduce his own.
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