The Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the FDA’s request to begin using a Potential Tobacco Product Violations Report form to allow the public to report possible violations of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act directly to the FDA. A report can be made by using a smartphone application, a downloadable report form that can be completed and submitted via e-mail, or a form that is completed and mailed to the FDA.
The Potential Tobacco Product Violations Report form lists various possible violations for a member of the public to select when completing the form including the following:
Sales to minors
Flavored cigarette sales
Vending machine/self-service display/direct access to cigarette or smokeless tobacco
Sales of cigarettes in packs of less than 20
On the FDA’s website, the page dedicated to this new Potential Tobacco Product Violations Report form states that “the information provided on the form is reviewed by the FDA. FDA evaluates the report and determines what follow-up, if any, is appropriate. Reports submitted by the public and stakeholders may be helpful in identifying possible violations of the Tobacco Control Act and related regulations that FDA enforces.”
When the FDA requested that the OMB approve the use of this violations reporting form, NATO, many NATO members, NACS, and others filed comments opposing the use of this form by the public. Of the 23 sets of comments filed with the OMB, 21 sets of comments opposed the approval and use of the form, and one comment filed by the New York City Department of Health supported approval of the form. (CSP Daily News: www.cspnet.com)