President signs bill tightening restrictions on synthetic nicotine products


Manufacturers of synthetic nicotine products have — for now — a short window for applying for Food and Drug Administration approval of a premarket tobacco product application.

Last week, President Joe Biden signed into law U.S. House Resolution 2471, a $1.5 trillion federal funding bill that contained language placing the use of synthetic nicotine under the FDA’s authority.

That aspect of the law goes into effect April 14.

Specifically, the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C) now “includes specific language that makes clear the Food and Drug Administration can soon regulate tobacco products containing nicotine from any source, which includes synthetic nicotine,” the FDA said in a news release.

Currently, synthetic nicotine products can be sold in candy and fruit flavors not available to FDA-regulated tobacco and nicotine products.

Puff Bar has been a major distributor of flavored synthetic nicotine products, drawing the focus of anti-tobacco advocates as a favored option of high-school students. It is facing a similar level of scrutiny as top-selling e-cigarette Juul has in recent years.

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Winston-Salem Journal – Richard Craver – 2022-03-21.

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