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February 7, 2024

Advice from FDA: Report Safety Issues With Tobacco Products to FDA

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Nicotine is a highly addictive substance and can be found in products such as cigarettes, cigars, and e-cigarettes. Nicotine can cause serious health problems like lung cancer. In 2009, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act became law. This law gives the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) – created by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – the ability to control how tobacco products are made, sent out, and advertised. Its goal is to stop the use of tobacco products and to keep people as safe as possible if they choose to use them.

CTP is responsible for looking into quality and safety issues with tobacco products. This includes making tobacco companies put warning labels about health risks on their products. They are also asking the public to report any unexpected health problems (e.g., difficulty breathing, chest pain, poisonings) and other product-related issues, such as:

  • Problems with e-cigarette batteries getting too hot, catching fire, or exploding
  • Tobacco product mix-ups (such as labeling or packaging errors)
  • Products that are broken, not working properly, stop working, or have an abnormal look, smell, or taste

Here’s what you can do: If you experience a problem with a tobacco product, report it to FDA’s CTP by using the online Safety Reporting Portal. To learn more about what to report and what to include in the report, visit here.  For the latest news and actions from CTP, visit the CTP Newsroom.

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Published February 7, 2024

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