Participants heard from scientists, retailers, legal experts and CTP Director Mitch Zeller

Scientists, data analysts and legal experts shared their insights into the rapidly changing U.S. nicotine business on Nov. 17, the first day of TMA’s “From Chance to Change” webinar. Participants also heard from retailers and the industry regulator.

Mitch Zeller, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), reviewed the latest data on youth e-cigarette consumption, which he said continues to be concerning. However, Zeller was quick to point out that because the 2021 study was the first to be conducted completely during the Covid-19 pandemic, the data could not be compared to that of the previous year.

Zeller also provided an unprecedented behind-the-scenes peek into the center as it processed millions of premarket tobacco product applications. The agency received applications covering more than 6.5 million deemed products, and most of them were submitted close to the Sept. 9, 2021, deadline—a date that, Zeller reminded his audience, had been brought forward by a full year following litigation by public health groups.

Because companies were not required to submit their applications in a particular way, the agency had to be ready to process a wide variety of formats. “We had to prepare operationally, technically and logistically to ‘ingest’ all those applications,” said Zeller, adding that the agency was thrilled its submission system did not collapse under the volume of last-minute applications.

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Tobacco Reporter – 2021-11-17.

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