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FDA Invites Comments on Warnings for Smokeless Tobacco Products


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is inviting public comment on possible changes to smokeless tobacco product warnings. Comments should be supported by scientific evidence, and should address how changes in the warnings would affect users’ and nonusers’ understanding of the risks associated with the products, according to

Comments can be submitted to by April 1.

Under the Family Smoking Prevention & Tobacco Control Act, signed into law in 2009, the FDA has authority to regulate the manufacture, marketing and distribution of tobacco, the article notes. The law requires that health warnings appear on smokeless tobacco product packages and advertising.

The law also requires that smokeless tobacco product packages and ads must contain one of four required warnings: the product can cause mouth cancer, the product can cause gum disease and tooth loss, the product is not a safe alternative to cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco is addictive. One of these four statements must appear on each of the two main display panels of the package, and must take up at least 30 percent of each of the panels.

The law gives the FDA authority to make various changes to the labels if the agency “finds that such a change would promote greater public understanding of the risks associated with the use of smokeless tobacco products.”

1 Response to this article

  1. Fr. Jack Kearney / February 1, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    The warning that smokeless tobacco is “not a safe alternative to smoking” is technically true, but it is also true that it is 99 times safer than smoking. These “Reefer Madness” warnings either backfire or push people back on cigarettes. We need to learn from Sweden how snus are saving lives and getting people off smoking. We need science, not propaganda.

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