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New CTP Director 

FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) is happy to announce the selection of a new CTP director, Brian A. King, Ph.D., M.P.H. Dr. King previously worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health. CTP is looking forward to working with Dr. King to ensure tobacco-related disease and death is a part of America's past, not America's future.

FDA Proposes Rules Prohibiting Menthol Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars

On April 28, FDA announced proposed product standards to prohibit menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and to prohibit characterizing flavors (other than tobacco) in all cigars.

These actions have the potential to significantly reduce disease and death from combusted tobacco product use, the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., by reducing addiction and youth experimentation, increasing the number of smokers that quit, and advancing health equity by addressing key health disparities.

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Opportunity to Comment on the Proposed Rules

The public may provide comments on these proposed rules through July 5.   

When submitting a comment, we recommend a person state whether they support or oppose the proposed rule and include data, research, or other information that shows why they take that position, identify any part of a proposed rule that may be confusing, or provide suggestions for different wording.  

Comments can be submitted online at or mailed to FDA’s Division of Dockets Management. 

Comment on Proposed Rules 

Register for the Proposed Tobacco Product Standards Listening Sessions

Registration is now open for FDA’s upcoming listening sessions on FDA’s proposed product standards prohibiting menthol in cigarettes and characterizing flavors in all cigars. The listening sessions will take place on June 13 and June 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT.

The sessions are an opportunity for the public to verbally provide open public comment on the agency’s proposed product standards to prohibit menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and characterizing flavors (other than tobacco) in all cigars. Registration also includes a “listen-only” option for those who want to attend the sessions but do not want to request to speak.

Use the below links to request to speak or register to attend. Note that you must register separately for each day.

  • Submit a request to verbally provide open public comment on June 13 or June 15
  • Register to attend in listen-only mode on June 13 or June 15 

Speaking spots are limited, and we cannot guarantee we’ll be able to accommodate all requests. We ask that groups and organizations select a single spokesperson to help us hear as many different perspectives as possible. While speaking spots are limited, listening spots are unlimited.

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Want a Quick Overview of the Proposed Product Standards? Grab the Fact Sheet

FDA has created a short fact sheet with an overview of the proposed products standards, including their impact on society. Download the fact sheet for a quick, handy reference.

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