The FDA’s proposed deeming regulations extend the FDA’s regulatory authority to additional tobacco products including e-cigarettes, e-liquids, cigars, hookah tobacco, pipe tobacco and dissolvables, referred to as “covered tobacco products.”  The FDA currently regulates cigarette tobacco, roll-your own, cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco.
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A bill introduced March 25, 2016 in the Vermont legislature proposes to impose an excise tax on e-cigarettes by redefining “other tobacco products” to include any product manufactured from, derived from, or containing tobacco that is intended for human consumption, including electronic cigarettes that have not been approved by the FDA for tobacco cessation or

The Georgia House and Senate have both approved a new law that would change nonparticipating manufacturers’ (non-signatories to the 1998 tobacco Master Settlement Agreement) responsibilities for making escrow payments for cigarette sales in the state.  The bill awaits the Governor’s signature.
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On December 23, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied several tobacco companies’ petition for appeal of a Commonwealth Court ruling that Pennsylvania is entitled to reinstatement of more than $125 million in funds under the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) with the tobacco industry.
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Much attention has been given to the impact of the FDA’s proposed deeming regulations on the e-cigarette and cigar industries.  But the deeming regulations almost certainly will give the FDA the authority to regulate much more — any product that is made or derived from tobacco and intended for human consumption.  This includes tobacco used in a waterpipe (known as a hookah).  The tobacco, known as shisha (which is usually flavored), is vaporized through the hookah pipe.
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