Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

Rule/Law:

Pub. L. 111-31, 123 Stat. 1776, Division A, codified at 15 U.S.C. §§ 1331-1340, 15 U.S.C. §§ 4401-4408, 21 U.S.C. §§ 387-387u

This Act, amending the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act (Pub. L. No. 75-717, 52 Stat. 1040), as well as the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act and the Comprehensive Smokeless Tobacco Health Education Act (see below), provides the Department of Health and Human Services with authority to regulate the manufacture, marketing and distribution of tobacco products to protect the public health generally and to reduce tobacco use by minors. The Act limits the applicability of sections 12 through 15 of the FTC Act to tobacco products, but does not disturb the Commission's other existing enforcement authority regarding such products; in addition, the Commission may enforce against advertisements that violate the tobacco-related provisions of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act and rules under that act. More information is available at http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/default.htm.