[Billing Code: 6750-01]
AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission.
ACTION: Request for public comment.
SUMMARY: The Federal Trade Commission ("FTC" or "Commission") is soliciting comments to help it determine whether to continue to issue reports on the sales, advertising and promotion of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products, as well as the formats for any such reports.
DATES: Written comments must be received on or before [Insert date sixty (60) days after date of publication in the FEDERAL REGISTER].
ADDRESSES: Submit comments to the Office of the Secretary, Federal Trade Commission, Room 159, 600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580. Five paper copies of each written comment should be submitted. All comments also should be submitted, if possible, in electronic form, on a 3-1/2 inch personal computer diskette, with a label on the diskette stating the name of the commenter and the name and version of the word processing program used to create the document. Windows-based programs are preferred. Files from other operating systems should be submitted in ASCII text format. Individuals filing comments need not submit multiple copies or comments in electronic form. Comments alternatively may be submitted by electronic mail (e-mail) to Cigarette&SmokelessTobaccoReports@ftc.gov. Submissions should be identified as "Cigarette and Smokeless Tobacco Reports."
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The FTC has issued statutorily required reports to Congress on domestic sales and advertising and promotion expenditures for cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products.(1) The aggregate sales and marketing data in these reports are based on data submitted to the Commission pursuant to compulsory process by the largest cigarette and smokeless tobacco manufacturers in the United States.
The Federal Reports Elimination and Sunset Act of 1995 terminated many mandatory reporting requirements, and allows agencies to assess the need for such reports.(2) Accordingly, the Commission is seeking public comment on whether it should continue to issue reports on the cigarette and smokeless tobacco industries and what forms any such reports should take.
The Commission is seeking comments on the following questions:
By direction of the Commission.
Benjamin I. Berman
1. Beginning in 1967, the Commission submitted annual reports to Congress on cigarettes pursuant to the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act. 15 U.S.C. §§ 1331, et seq. Beginning in 1986, the Commission submitted biennially to Congress reports on smokeless tobacco pursuant to the Comprehensive Smokeless Tobacco Health Education Act. 15 U.S.C. §§ 4401, et seq.
2. Pub. L. 104-66, Section 3003(a)(1), 109 Stat. 734.