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Court Finds Conflicts of Interest on TPSAC Panel, Bars Use of Menthol Report

On July 21, 2014, Judge Richard Leon of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) was barred from considering a 2011 report that recommended the removal of menthol cigarettes from the marketplace (the “Menthol Report”), because the advisory committee that prepared the report was tainted by conflicts of interest.  [Read more →]

July 27, 2014  

Takeaways from the 82nd Annual International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association Trade Show

Earlier this week, the Troutman Sanders tobacco team attended the 82nd International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association trade show (“IPCPR”) in Las Vegas, Nevada. We were fortunate that Smokeshop Magazine generously agreed to share their booth with us – thanks again!  We enjoyed visiting with all of our clients and friends at the show.

In light of the newly-released draft regulations for cigars, pipe tobacco and other tobacco products, many manufacturers are taking steps and planning for the future. All companies should take the time to consider the potential impact of the proposed FDA regulations on their businesses.  We encourage you to contact us with your questions – in addition to collectively having decades of experience in the industry, we have been advising clients specifically regarding FDA tobacco requirements since before the enactment of the Tobacco Control Act in 2009.

We hope it was a productive trade show for all involved. We are looking forward to seeing you all at next year’s show in New Orleans.

For questions and/or comments, please contact Bryan Haynes, at 804.697.1420 or by email.

July 24, 2014  

Senate Introduces Bill Calling for “Special Packaging” Requirements for E-Liquid

On July 10, 2014, Senator Nelson of Florida, along with several co-sponsors, introduced a bill in Congress that calls for “special packaging” requirements for e-liquid.  Commonly known as the Child Nicotine Poisoning Act of 2014, Senate Bill 2581 (“S. 2581”) calls on the Consumer Product Safety Commission (the “Commission”) to require childproof packaging, or “special packaging” for any e-liquid container, referred to in the bill as a “liquid nicotine container.”  S. 2581 has been referred to the House Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. [Read more →]

July 18, 2014  

Missouri Bill Vetoed that Would Prohibit the Sale of E-Cigarettes to Minors

Missouri Senate Bill 841, which would prohibit the sale of “alternative nicotine products” and “vapor products” to minors, was introduced in February 2014.  In April 2014, the bill passed by an overwhelming majority in both the Missouri House and Senate.  On July 14, 2014, Governor Nixon vetoed the bill.  Over the last few days, various organizations have called upon the Missouri legislature to override the Governor’s veto. [Read more →]

July 16, 2014  

E-Cigarette Bill Would Regulate Product Packaging and Content

The promotion and use of electronic nicotine delivery systems will be subject to higher regulation if H.R. 5010, currently pending in the U.S. House of Representatives, is enacted. On June 26, 2014, Representative Speier and four other co-sponsors introduced the Stop Selling and Marketing to Our Kids E-Cigarettes Act (the “SMOKE Act”). The SMOKE Act has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. [Read more →]

July 14, 2014  

Federal Court Upholds New York City Ban on Tobacco Discounting

On June 18, 2014, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York upheld a New York City ordinance that effectively prohibits all promotional marketing and discounts for cigarettes and tobacco products.  The District Court found that there was no First Amendment violation and that the newly enacted city code, which bans any sale of cigarettes or tobacco products below the “listed” or “advertised” price, was not preempted by federal or state law. [Read more →]

July 8, 2014  

Troutman Sanders Tobacco Practice to Attend IPCPR Annual Convention & International Trade Show

Members of the Troutman Sanders tobacco practice will attend the 82nd International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association Annual Convention & International Trade Show from July 19-23 in Las Vegas, Nevada. We will be at the Smokeshop Magazine booth, and look forward to seeing those of you attending the show there.

If you are unable to attend, we will post a takeaway blog entry following the convention on our Tobacco Law Blog.

Click here for more information on IPCPR.

For questions and/or comments, please contact Bryan Haynes, at 804.697.1420 or by email.

July 8, 2014  

FDA-Backed Research is Too Little, Too Late

Troutman Sanders tobacco team partner Bryan Haynes was quoted in a July 7th Reuters article titled “INSIGHT – As millions vape, e-cigarette researchers count puffs, scour Facebook.” [Read more →]

July 8, 2014  

Allocable Share Bill Again Defeated in Missouri

We reported earlier this year on the reintroduction of the allocable share legislation in Missouri, which would prevent non-signatories to the 1998 tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) from obtaining refunds of their escrow payments.  The bill has been defeated. [Read more →]

June 20, 2014  

TMA Hosts Conference on Deeming Regulations

Earlier this week, the Tobacco Merchants Association hosted a conference on the FDA’s proposed tobacco product deeming regulations, which would subject a host of new products — including e-cigarettes, cigars and pipe tobacco — to the FDA’s regulatory authority.  The Troutman Sanders tobacco team participated in the discussion regarding how the industry can best contribute to the ongoing debate as to how these products should be regulated, if at all. [Read more →]

June 19, 2014