Bryan Haynes and Agustin Rodriguez of the Troutman Pepper tobacco team will be attending the Tobacco Plus Expo in Las Vegas on January 26-28, 2022.  We look forward to seeing our clients and friends at the show.

For questions and/or comments, please contact Bryan Haynes, at 804.697.1420 – bryan.haynes@troutman.com or Agustin Rodriguez, at 804.697.1381 – agustin.rodriguez@troutman.com

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Some cigarette pack labels may soon feature the phrases “95% less nicotine,” “helps reduce your nicotine consumption,” and “… greatly reduces your nicotine consumption.” On December 23, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued modified risk granted orders to 22nd Century Group, Inc.’s VLN King and VLN Menthol King cigarettes, allowing the company to market the low-nicotine cigarettes with these proposed reduced exposure claims if the company adds the phrase “Helps you smoke less.” Of course, the company’s products will continue to be required to bear one of four Surgeon General’s warnings for cigarettes. Continue Reading In a First, FDA Authorizes Marketing of Low-Nicotine Cigarette as “Modified Risk Tobacco Product”

While it is always a good idea to focus on maintaining a healthy regulatory compliance program, the start of a new year seems like a particularly good time to review your tobacco company’s corporate hygiene with respect to state regulatory compliance. In this blog post, we provide a general overview of the state tobacco licensing and excise tax framework throughout the U.S. in a Q&A format. We also provide some general guidance about how to approach such laws and regulations. Tobacco companies, especially those operating in multiple states, should incorporate an appropriate state licensing and excise tax strategy into their compliance programs. Noncompliance with the myriad of state licensing and excise tax laws could have a significant impact on a tobacco company’s ability to operate and sell its products. Continue Reading State Licensing and Excise Tax Considerations for Tobacco Companies

The scope and scale of state attorneys general investigations has expanded for several reasons, including a perceived lack of enforcement at the federal level. Many state attorneys general are not reticent to fill a perceived regulatory void, and they routinely conduct investigations and bring enforcement actions when they observe a federal agency is not moving fast enough or otherwise has neglected its responsibility. Continue Reading Five Tips for When State Attorneys General Come Knocking

On December 15, New Jersey Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill introduced the Clarifying Authority Over Nicotine Act of 2021 — a bipartisan bill designed to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate synthetic nicotine products just as it regulates nicotine products made or derived from tobacco.  In a press release, Rep. Sherrill stated, “This bill will ensure all tobacco products, including products made with synthetic nicotine, are regulated by the FDA in order to protect kids in our communities and those who may seek to use these products.” Continue Reading New Regulations Potentially on the Horizon for Synthetic Nicotine in 2022

Bryan Haynes of the Troutman Pepper Tobacco Team will be presenting on FDA Tobacco Enforcement in a Post-Compliance Policy World:  Current Status and Future Implications, as part of the Food and Drug Law Institute’s Enforcement, Litigation, and Compliance Conference on December 9-10. Continue Reading Troutman Pepper Tobacco Team to Present at FDLI Enforcement Conference

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has made available the Field Information Kit and Management Instructions referenced in its November 4, 2021 Postal Bulletin, correcting hyperlinks in the Postal Bulletin. The Field Information Kit and the Management Instruction are posted to the USPS website, available here and here, respectively. Continue Reading US Postal Service Posts PACT Act/POSECCA Field Information Kit and Management Instructions

Bryan Haynes of the Troutman Pepper Tobacco Team was quoted in a recent Vapor Voice article on a proposed new nicotine tax that has been proposed in Congress.

Currently proposed as part of the so-called “Build Back Better” legislation, the bill would impose a new federal excise tax on “taxable nicotine.”  The bill would primarily impact the vaping industry and its consumers by taxing nicotine used in e-liquids on par with cigarettes and at higher rates than other tobacco products, such as cigars and pipe tobacco.  A prior version of the bill would have also raised federal excise tax rates for all tobacco products, but that proposal seems to have been abandoned, at least for now. Continue Reading Troutman Pepper Tobacco Team Quoted in Vapor Voice Article on Proposed Nicotine Tax

On November 16, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein launched a probe into e-cigarette maker Puff Bar and others, citing concerns of youth-appealing flavors, youth marketing, and poor age verification. In a statement, Stein announced, “We are actively investigating Puff Bar and other companies at all stages of the distribution chain, from manufacturers to retailers and everything in between to ensure they are not profiting off kids.” Continue Reading North Carolina AG Opens Investigation Into E-Cigarette Maker Puff Bar

The Troutman Pepper Tobacco Team will participate in TMA 2021:  From Chance to Change on November 16-17, 2021.  The conference is virtual.

As the tobacco and e-vapor industries have been challenged in many ways this year, TMA gathers stakeholders virtually to share insights and navigate the changes that lie ahead.  TMA’s sessions will cover the key issues affecting the industry now and moving forward.

Panelists will include the FDA Center for Tobacco Products Director Mitch Zeller and Director of the Office of Science Dr. Matt Holman.  Sessions will address FDA premarket applications and regulatory and marketplace trends.