Confused on FDA Tobacco Regulations?

If you’re confused on the myriad of FDA tobacco regulations, you’re not alone, and help is on the way.

The FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products has announced the dates, times and locations of four additional retailer training sessions on the new federal tobacco regulations.

These training sessions are scheduled in Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois, Dallas, Texas and Los Angeles.

The sessions are free of charge and retailers are encouraged to attend in person or participate by phone or by Webcast. Retailers participating in person or by webcast or phone will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Session Dates, Times and Locations are as follows:

Atlanta-Sept. 1, 2010; 1-5 p.m. EDT; Atlanta Marriott Downtown, 160 Spring Street, Atlanta, GA 30303

Chicago-Sept. 8, 2010; 1-5 p.m. CDT; Chicago Downtown Renaissance, 1 West Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601

Dallas-Sept. 22, 2010; 1-5 p.m. CDT; InterContinental Dallas, 15201 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75001

Los Angeles-Sept. 29, 2010; 1 to 5 p.m. PDT; Los Angeles Downtown Marriott, 333 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Just like the first retail training session held by the FDA in Boston on July 19, the topics to be discussed by FDA staff at the upcoming four seminars include:

-Who is subject to the regulations and what tobacco products are regulated

-Prohibition of sale and distribution of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to persons younger than 18

-Self service displays and vending machines; minimum cigarette and smokeless tobacco package size

-Prohibition of free samples of cigarettes

-Coupons; non-tobacco gift or items; and sponsorships

-Flavored cigarette ban; and the ban on cigarettes with descriptors such as “Light,” “Low” and Mild”

To pre-register for the Atlanta  session on Sept. 1, 2010 or the Chicago session on Sept. 9, 2010, contact Shelley Androl by email at or phone at (888) 332-4473 and provide the following information: Full Name, Title, Address, Contact Phone, Contact Email, Affiliation (Please indicate: Retailer, Distributor, Industry, State/Local Government, Other), and Location and Date of Training.

All pre-registrations received by email will be confirmed by return email.

To pre-register for the Dallas session on Sept. 22, 2010 or the Los Angeles session on Sept. 29, 2010, visit






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