To paraphrase Mark Twain, the reports of the death of the General Snus Reduced Harm Tobacco Product (MRTP) application have been greatly exaggerated.
Friday afternoon, the anti-all-tobacco crowd and media immediately began reporting that the FDA Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) had "turned down" the General Snus application; that "approval was denied", that the MRTP application had been "voted down" and in the case of Matthew Myers of Tobacco Free Kids, the Swedish Match application was "poorly written" and "full of holes".
As more information about the TPSAC deliberations began to trickle out, a different picture began emerging.....
Updated 18 August 2015 - NOTE: This story was originally published on 29 September 2014 during the first FDA Public Comment Period on the General Snus MRTPA. Fast forward almost 11 months and we are reaching the 31 August 2015 for the second and final Public Comment Period. If you haven't already acted, now is the time to do so.
This article contains my 2014 statement to FDA which was published in the Federal Register. It was just my snus story from the heart. This is what FDA needs see.
You can then review my 30 July 2015 General Snus MRTPA update for instructions on how to get your opinion on the record. This is our last chance!
Yes, it does. It will make my snus and snuff more expensive. It will cause me to pay more for shipping, not to mention having to meet the driver of the Big Brown Truck (BBT) to sign for the stuff and prove I’m over 18. (A blind man could see I’m way over 18) The PACT act has and will cost friends of mine their jobs and businesses. The PACT Act has endangered storage space in my freezer. This in turn has endangered my happiness since Mrs.Mick guards her freezer space jealously.As bad as PACT is, in the final analysis it’s probably more bark than bite. I will still be able to get all my favorite snus. So will you.
More "good" news from our friends at FDA. Cigarette or smokeless tobacco sales to minors have been and already are illegal. I guess the message isn't getting through to "the children". Is it the American educational system, poor parenting, or can the kids just not hear the message because they are listening to music on their iPods?
Whatever the cause, Big Government to the rescue! All I see is a lot of money being squandered, new Government Jobs, and another series of kicks at the Free Market. Here is what FDA did for the children and to American tax-payers; tobacco using and non-using alike.
Welcome to Amerika 2010.
As a reminder, the first meeting of the Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory Committee is scheduled for March 30-31, 2010 at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Conference Center. The meeting is open to the public. For those unable to attend in person, the meeting will also be webcast. The link for the webcast will be available at www.fda.gov/tobacco on March 30. We will update this article with the link as soon as we discover it or when it's made public; whichever comes first.
If you are available, SnusCIA recommends everyone who can watches at least part of this webcast so that we can discuss it on this thread in our SnusCENTRAL.org Forum. We also recommend you have the following on hand while watching the broadcast:
UPDATE......The first meeting of the Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) is today, March 30, and tomorrow, March 31, at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Conference Center. The meeting is open to the public. You may view the live Webcast at http://www.capitolconnection.net/capcon/fda/fda033010_launch.htm.
For more information on TPSAC, please visit http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/CommitteesMeetingMaterials/TobaccoProductsScientificAdvisoryCommittee/default.htm.
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FDA announced this morning that they had selected the Voting Members (the ones that count) for the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) as mandated in The Tobacco Act. These FDA-Approved individuals are the ones who will set the criteria for Modified Risk Tobacco (MRT) products; more commonly known as Reduced Harm Tobacco. This includes Swedish Snus as well as any other non-combustible tobacco products which feel they may qualify for MRT designation.
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