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September 30, 2009

 

Greetings!  We hope you are having a good and significant week!  This edition includes some of our key contacts and a letter and contact information from FDA concerning flavored cigarettes. 

 

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In the TTB Newsletter, we compile the top TTB news of the week and other helpful information about the Bureau and the Federal alcohol and tobacco laws and regulations we enforce.

Please send any questions and/or comments to Executive Liaison for Industry Matters (IndustryLiaison@ttb.gov) and/or (StateLiaison@ttb.gov).

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TTB CONTACTS

General Contacts

Questions?  If you have general questions relating to our policies or legal matters, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

E-mail:

TTBInternetQuestions@ttb.gov

Telephone:

202-453-2000

Address

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
Public Information Officer
1310 G Street, NW.,
Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20220

Use the TTB Organizational Directory to find the e-mail, phone number, and mailing addresses of offices and divisions located at TTB headquarters.

Field Offices

TTB has field offices in several major U.S. cities, as well as Puerto Rico.  The field structure is comprised of 17 field offices, 10 for the Tax Audit Division and 7 for the Trade Investigations Division.

Use this chart to guide you in selecting the appropriate office to contact.

Tax Audit Division (TAD)

Use the TTB District Field Offices map to find the address of the TTB field office nearest you.

Trade Investigations Division (TID) 

Use the TID Contact Information page to find the Trade Investigations field office nearest you.

For all industry operations in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

District Director (Investigations), Puerto Rico Operations
Suite 310
Torre Chardon
350 Chardon Avenue
San Juan, PR 00918

Telephone

787-766-5584

Fax

787-766-6426

Laboratories 

Laboratory

Address

Email

Telephone

Beverage Alcohol Laboratory and Nonbeverage
Products Laboratory

6000 Ammendale Road
Beltsville, Maryland 20705-1250

laboratory@ttb.gov

240-264-1496

Compliance Laboratory

490 N. Wiget Lane
Walnut Creek, California 94598

laboratory@ttb.gov

925-280-3651

Toll-Free Numbers

Contact

Telephone

Topics

Advertising, Labeling, and Formulation Customer Service Desk

1-866-927-ALFD (2533)

Advertising, labeling, and formulation.

National Revenue Center

1-877-TTB-FAQS (1-877-882-3277)

Permits, applications, claims, filing excise tax returns, and other tax collection activities

Federal Tax Stamp Question Line

1-800-937-8864

Federal Tax Stamp

LETTER TO INDUSTRY ON CIGARETTES CONTAINING CERTAIN CHARACTERIZING FLAVORS 

September 14, 2009

Dear Sir or Madam:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is providing this notice to remind regulated industry that effective September 22, 2009, cigarettes that contain certain characterizing flavors are considered adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA or the Act), as amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA).

Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. An important way to reduce the death and disease caused by smoking is to prevent children and adolescents from starting to smoke. Congress has stated that flavors make cigarettes more appealing to youth and often result in exposure to additional carcinogens and other toxic constituents. The removal from the market of cigarettes that contain certain characterizing flavors is an important step in FDA's efforts to reduce the burden of illness and death caused by tobacco products.

The FSPTCA provides FDA with regulatory authority over the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products. Specifically, section 907(a)(1)(A) of the Act, as amended by the FSPTCA, establishes a tobacco product standard special rule for cigarettes that states in part:

...a cigarette or any of its component parts (including the tobacco, filter, or paper) shall not contain, as a constituent (including a smoke constituent) or additive, an artificial or natural flavor (other than tobacco or menthol) or an herb or spice, including strawberry, grape, orange, clove, cinnamon, pineapple, vanilla, coconut, licorice, cocoa, chocolate, cherry, or coffee, that is a characterizing flavor of the tobacco product or tobacco smoke.

This standard applies to all tobacco products that meet the definition of a "cigarette" in section 900(3) of the Act even if they are not labeled as "cigarettes" or are labeled as cigars or as some other product.

As of the September 22, 2009, effective date, cigarettes and their component parts that fail to comply with the special rule established under section 907 are deemed adulterated under section 902 of the Act. Under the Act, adulterated products sold or held for sale in the United States may be subject to seizure under section 304 of the Act. In addition, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers may be subject to injunction actions, civil money penalties, and/or criminal prosecution for violating the requirements of the Act (FFDCA, sections 301, 302, 303). FDA intends to use the full range of enforcement tools within the Agency's authority to ensure compliance with the new requirement.

If you have questions about this provision of the new law, please e-mail them to: Tobacco2@fda.hhs.gov.

Sincerely,
/s/
Lawrence R. Deyton, M.S.P.H., M.D.
Director, Center for Tobacco Products

MORE ON FLAVORED CIGARETTES

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA) recently passed by Congress which gave the FDA authority over tobacco products included a prohibition on the manufacturing, importation, or selling of flavored cigarettes in the United States.  The FDA published a notice In the Federal Register of Friday, September 25, 2009, informing the public that violations of the new prohibition on flavored cigarettes may be reported to the FDA at the following addresses:

ADDRESSES:  To report tobacco products that fail to comply with section 907(a)(1)(A) of the act after September 22, 2009, please contact the Center for Tobacco Products, Food and Drug Administration, 9200 Corporate Blvd., Rockville, MD 20850-3229, 877-287-1373 or http://www.fda.gov/flavoredtobacco.

To view the entire FDA notice, use the TEXT or PDF links below:

Food and Drug Administration

 

NOTICES

Enforcement of General Tobacco Standard Special Rule for Cigarettes,

48974 [E9-23144]

[TEXT]  [PDF]