FDA to Host Web Dialogue with Retailers on Tobacco Regulations

Online Chat between FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) and Retailers to Take Place Wednesday
According to a notice from the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) a comprehensive retailer education campaign to raise awareness about new regulations regarding the sale and distribution of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco is being developed.

“The retail community plays a direct role in helping us protect our kids from tobacco. We would like to have retailers be part of the community to protect kids. Therefore, we’d like to get your help in how we communicate with retailers. Please join us on May 26, 2010 from 10am-6pm EST for an online opportunity to help us help retailers learn the latest FDA information impacting retailers. We will discuss CTP’s planned communication to tobacco retailers. This includes CTP’s communication themes, messages, and channels. Your insights and experiences will help CTP effectively communicate regulations and information with you; the retailer.”

This web dialogue is a relatively new tactic of communication between regulators and those being regulated. It is sort of a combination of a webinar and an online chat. “The web dialogue will give you an opportunity to share ideas, offer recommendations, ask questions, and interact with your colleagues and CTP Communication staff.”

NACS will be participating in FDA’s online “chat” on behalf of retail members. You are welcome to view the discussion or participate.

NACS hosted its own webinar to answer retailer questions in March about the Family Smoking and Prevention Act. Also, be on the lookout for the June issue of NACS Magazine for an “FDA Tobacco 101” of important regulations retailers must be following by June 22.

This info has been supplied by NACS,


#1 Vapor Vixen on 06.04.10 at 9:38 PM

Guess this was useless! No one has anything to say? I was not able to participate.

#2 Curious on 08.11.10 at 12:29 AM

I have a question that I hope someone can answer. I thought with the passing of the new regulations that retailers were supposed to no longer have tobacco products other than cigars on a counter? If this be true why do so many still have their cans of Skoal and other cans still on the counter?
Just curious!

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