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    FDA Awards State Contracts to Enforce Tobacco Control Act

    Post by SPADEZ on Tue Jun 22, 2010 12:20 am

    The FDA announced earlier this week that it had awarded compliance and enforcement contracts to Maine and Massachusetts, the first in a series of contracts that it will award to states.

    “States and U.S. Territories have crucial roles to play in reducing tobacco use by children and adolescents,” said Lawrence R. Deyton, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. “Accordingly, the Tobacco Control Act authorizes FDA to contract with States and U.S. Territories to assist with compliance and enforcement activities to help limit the availability of tobacco products to young people. That is why we are pleased that several states will shortly begin assisting FDA in efforts to enforce the law, and we are hopeful that we will be able to partner with all of the states in the coming months.”

    The FDA will work with Maine and Massachusetts regarding the commissioning of state officials and their subsequent training, necessary steps before enforcement actions can begin.

    Under the Tobacco Control Act, the FDA has broad authority to regulate the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products. It published a RFP in March to States and U.S. Territories to assist with enforcing and implementing the Act.

    The FDA will award contracts on an ongoing basis through the end of this fiscal year, and it intends to establish a contract with every U.S. State and Territory that is interested in assisting the FDA and that demonstrates the ability to do so.

    Source: http://www.nacsonline.com/NACS/News/Daily/Pages/ND0622105.aspx

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