2018-12369. Regulation of Flavors in Tobacco Products; Extension of Comment Period  

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    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.


    Advance notice of proposed rulemaking; extension of comment period.


    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is extending the comment period for the advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) that appeared in the Federal Register of March 21, 2018. In the ANPRM, FDA requested information related to the role that flavors play in tobacco products. The Agency is taking this action in response to requests for an extension to allow interested persons additional time to submit comments.


    FDA is extending the comment period on the ANPRM published on March 21, 2018 (83 FR 12294). Submit either electronic or written comments by July 19, 2018.


    You may submit comments as follows. Please note that late, untimely filed comments will not be considered. Electronic comments must be submitted on or before July 19, 2018. The https://www.regulations.gov electronic filing system will accept comments until midnight Eastern Time at the end of July 19, 2018. Comments received by mail/hand delivery/courier (for written/paper submissions) will be considered timely if they are postmarked or the delivery service acceptance receipt is on or before that date.

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    Submit electronic comments in the following way:

    • Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Comments submitted electronically, including attachments, to https://www.regulations.gov will be posted to Start Printed Page 26619the docket unchanged. Because your comment will be made public, you are solely responsible for ensuring that your comment does not include any confidential information that you or a third party may not wish to be posted, such as medical information, your or anyone else's Social Security number, or confidential business information, such as a manufacturing process. Please note that if you include your name, contact information, or other information that identifies you in the body of your comments, that information will be posted on https://www.regulations.gov.
    • If you want to submit a comment with confidential information that you do not wish to be made available to the public, submit the comment as a written/paper submission and in the manner detailed (see “Written/Paper Submissions” and “Instructions”).

    Written/Paper Submissions

    Submit written/paper submissions as follows:

    • Mail/Hand delivery/Courier (for written/paper submissions): Dockets Management Staff (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.
    • For written/paper comments submitted to the Dockets Management Staff, FDA will post your comment, as well as any attachments, except for information submitted, marked and identified, as confidential, if submitted as detailed in “Instructions.”

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the Docket No. FDA-2017-N-6565 for “Regulation of Flavors in Tobacco Products.” Received comments, those filed in a timely manner (see ADDRESSES), will be placed in the docket and, except for those submitted as “Confidential Submissions,” publicly viewable at https://www.regulations.gov or at the Dockets Management Staff between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    • Confidential Submissions—To submit a comment with confidential information that you do not wish to be made publicly available, submit your comments only as a written/paper submission. You should submit two copies total. One copy will include the information you claim to be confidential with a heading or cover note that states “THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION.” The Agency will review this copy, including the claimed confidential information, in its consideration of comments. The second copy, which will have the claimed confidential information redacted/blacked out, will be available for public viewing and posted on https://www.regulations.gov. Submit both copies to the Dockets Management Staff. If you do not wish your name and contact information to be made publicly available, you can provide this information on the cover sheet and not in the body of your comments and you must identify this information as “confidential.” Any information marked as “confidential” will not be disclosed except in accordance with 21 CFR 10.20 and other applicable disclosure law. For more information about FDA's posting of comments to public dockets, see 80 FR 56469, September 18, 2015, or access the information at: https://www.gpo.gov/​fdsys/​pkg/​FR-2015-09-18/​pdf/​2015-23389.pdf.

    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or the electronic and written/paper comments received, go to https://www.regulations.gov and insert the docket number, found in brackets in the heading of this document, into the “Search” box and follow the prompts and/or go to the Dockets Management Staff, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

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    Laura Rich or Katherine Collins, Center for Tobacco Products, Food and Drug Administration, Document Control Center, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 71, Rm. G335, Silver Spring, MD 20993, 1-877-287-1373, AskCTP@fda.hhs.gov.

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    In the Federal Register of March 21, 2018, FDA published an ANPRM with a 90-day comment period to obtain information related to the role that flavors play in tobacco products. Specifically, the ANPRM is seeking comments, data, research results, or other information about, among other things, how flavors attract youth to initiate tobacco product use and about whether and how certain flavors may help adult cigarette smokers reduce cigarette use and switch to potentially less harmful products. FDA is seeking this information to inform regulatory actions FDA might take with respect to tobacco products with flavors, under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Potential regulatory actions include, but are not limited to, tobacco product standards and restrictions on sale and distribution of tobacco products with flavors.

    The Agency has received a number of requests for a 90-day extension of the comment period for the ANPRM and one request for a 105-day extension. FDA has considered these requests and is extending the comment period for the ANPRM for 30 days, until July 19, 2018.

    The Agency believes that a 30-day extension allows adequate time for interested persons to submit comments without significantly delaying any potential regulatory action on these important issues.

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    Dated: June 5, 2018.

    Leslie Kux,

    Associate Commissioner for Policy.

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    [FR Doc. 2018-12369 Filed 6-7-18; 8:45 am]

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Document Information

Health and Human Services Department
Food and Drug Administration
Proposed Rule
Advance notice of proposed rulemaking; extension of comment period.
Document Number:
FDA is extending the comment period on the ANPRM published on March 21, 2018 (83 FR 12294). Submit either electronic or written comments by July 19, 2018.
26618-26619 (2 pages)
Docket Numbers:
Docket No. FDA-2017-N-6565
PDF File:
Supporting Documents:
» Reference 43 - FDA Prelim eval health effects of menthol vs non menthol cigarettes 2013
» Reference 45 - Hersey et al, AreMentholCigarettesaStarterProductforYouth
» Reference 46 - Song et al., PerceptionsofSmokingRelatedRisksandBenefitsasPredictors
» Reference 48 - Kowitt-2017-Perceptions and Experiences with Flavored Non-Menthol Tobacco Products-A Systematic Review of Qualitative Studies
» Reference 52 - Audrain-McGovern-2016-The impact of flavoring o
» Reference 53 - Goldenson-2016-Effects of sweet flavorings and
» Reference 54 - Bonhomme-2016-Flavoured non-cigarette tobacco
» Reference 57 - Hutzler et al., ChemicalHazardsPresentinLiquidsandVaporsofElectronicCigarettes
» Reference 37 - Villanti-2017-Flavored tobacco product use in PATH
» Reference 38 - Berg-2016-Preferred flavors and reasons for e-
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