MARCH 6, 2019
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb ResignsAgency chief instrumental in crackdowns on vaping and flavored cigarettesBy Alaina Lancaster on Mar. 05, 2019
SILVER SPRING, Md. -- U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has resigned. Gottlieb, who has been instrumental in cracking down on vaping across the United States, reportedly will exit the FDA next month.
Gottlieb is stepping down to spend more time with his family, an administration official told The Washington Post. Since 2017, Gottlieb has been commuting weekly to Washington, D.C., from his home in Westport, Conn., the report said.
During his time as FDA commissioner, Gottlieb advanced assertive polices related to youth e-cigarette usage and bans on menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. In January, Gottlieb said the tobacco category will face an “existential threat” if youth smoking and vaping rates continue to rise.
After Donald Trump signed the Farm Bill in December, which legalized the growing and processing of industrial hemp, the FDA was also saddled with regulating a burgeoning hemp-derived CBD market. “(The) increasing public interest in these products makes it even more important with the passage of this law for the FDA to clarify its regulatory authority,” Gottlieb said in December. “We treat products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds as we do any other FDA-regulated products, meaning they’re subject to the same authorities and requirements.”
Gottlieb's exit leaves open the question of how regulation of such products will proceed in the future.
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A few months ago we sent letters to the FDA reflecting our concerns over the issue of banning flavors of tobacco products (including e-cigarettes). The battleground is moving to Congress. This is a call to action to relay our concerns to Capitol Hill. There is a link below to assist you in articulating those concerns. from NACS. Click here for those pre-drafts or click below. Many thanks to Jason Nevin from Core-Mark for passing this along to us!
As you are aware, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially announced on November 15 that they plan to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarette products in areas that are not age restricted like convenience stores.
The Washington Post reported, “‘Our aim is to make sure no kid can access a fruity flavor product in a convenience store,’ said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who predicted the new restrictions would ‘eliminate those sales.’ He added that any stores that want to sell fruit-flavored e-cigarette products ‘need to age-restrict completely or have a separate room that is age-verified. A curtain or a partition won’t cut it.’"
The agency is unfairly targeting convenience stores while allowing these products to still be sold in vape stores and online. This assault on our stores must be stopped.
For decades the convenience industry has been a leader in age verification and responsible retailing. NACS is in touch with the White House, FDA and Congress on this critical issue.
But we need your help with our efforts. Over the last few weeks, members of the convenience store industry have sent more than 2,200 emails to Capitol Hill, and we need to keep up the momentum. We have pre-drafted a new letter for you to send to your Congressional Representatives today with just one click here.
Please contact your Members of Congress today to ask them to protect the vital role our industry plays as responsible retailers of legal products.
Thank you for your help!
Director, Government Relations