News & Events

News & Events

8.5.2016

Deciphering Smoke Signals — FDA’s New Tobacco Product Rules and Their Impact on the Cannabis Industry

Bookmark and Share

Mike Nesteroff, Tereza Simonyan and David Spellman co-authored an article titled “Deciphering Smoke Signals — FDA’s New Tobacco Product Rules and Their Impact on the Cannabis Industry.” In the article, they discuss the Federal Food and Drug Administration’s new rules defining “tobacco products” that take effect on August 8 and how it could be a precursor for future regulation of cannabis products.

Manufacturers and retailers of vape pens and atomizers will face a brave new world come August 8 when the Federal Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new rules take effect defining “tobacco products.” This new, expansive definition of “tobacco products” contains enough ambiguity to give many manufacturers and retailers of cannabis-related vape pens fear that they could be swept up in a regulatory tide. Indeed, the regulation’s text and policy bases suggest that it could, at minimum, become a precursor for future regulation of “cannabis products.”