FDA Tobacco Inspections
In 2009, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was granted authority over tobacco products, making them responsible for:
- Requiring the tobacco industry to provide information that allows the government to better inform consumers
- Restricting marketing that appeals to young people, misleads adults, and deceptively encourages tobacco use
- Informing consumers through:
- Improved warning labels
- Better testing of tar, nicotine, and other harmful substances
- Standards to prohibit false health claims
- Regulating the contents of the product to protect consumers
- Protecting and expanding state authority
- Conducting compliance checks, which strengthens restrictions on sales to youth
The FDA contracts with DAODAS to provide inspectors who are tasked with conducting two types of inspections on tobacco products:
- Youth Buys
- Advertising and Labeling Inspections
Inspections began in April 2013. Each time a violation is noted, the inspector conducts three additional inspections at the location within 90 days.
For more information on the FDA program, click here.