Skip to comments.FDA pulls cigarette brand from stores
Posted on 02/22/2014 4:29:42 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the first time on Friday used its authority under a 2009 law to remove cigarettes from stores.
The FDA is forcing Jash International to stop selling and distributing its line of Sutra Bidi tobacco products in the U.S., and is giving retailers 30 days to pull the products from shelves.
The FDA said Jash did not submit updated applications for a line of cigarettes up for review under The Tobacco Control Act.
Companies with tobacco products on the market when the law passed in 2009 had until 2011 to prove they met new requirements. If they failed to do so, Congress gave the FDA the authority to declare the products illegal.
Friday marks the first time the FDA has ordered a manufacturer of cigarettes to withdraw a product from the market.
The tobacco industry has been under a sustained assault by the Obama administration and Democrats in recent months.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius pledged in an op-ed on Friday that her administration was working to make the next generation tobacco-free.
In January, the surgeon general released a report detailing new health consequences related to smoking to mark the 50th anniversary of its landmark report tying smoking to lung cancer.
The surgeon general proposed new end game strategies aimed at the 42 million adult and 3 million young adult smokers in the U.S., such as hard-hitting media campaigns, tobacco excise taxes high enough to deter young smokers and easy-to-access cessation treatment.
Meanwhile, some retailers are also beginning to consider whether they want to sell cigarettes at all.
The drug store chain CVS Caremark earlier this month announced it would phase out cigarettes, chewing tobacco and cigars by Oct. 1.
"We've come to the conclusion that cigarettes have no place in a setting where health care is being delivered," said CVS Caremark CEO Larry Merlo.
Democrats are urging other stores to follow CVSs lead, sending letters to Wal-Mart, Walgreen Co., Rite Aid Corp. and the National Association of Chain Drug Store urging them to stop sales of tobacco products.
In its Friday release, the FDA touted its new control over the tobacco industry.
Historically, tobacco companies controlled which products came on and off the market without any oversight, Mitch Zeller, director of the FDAs Center for Tobacco Products, said in a statement.
But the Tobacco Control Act gave the FDA, a science-based regulatory agency, the authority to review applications and determine which new tobacco products may be sold and distributed under the law in order to protect public health.
No Indian cigarettes for you!
Nanny State PING!
Just to make sure I understand. Smoking tobacco is bad, smoking pot is good. Right?
I wish we could make the next generation commie pig (Like Sebelius) free.
Sounds like she intends to get them all addicted to marijuana and other drugs. There's more money in that anyway and the potheads and druggies are easier to control than smokers and alcohol users.
You are starting to get it.
Unemployment good. Work bad.
Killing babies good. Life bad.
Hedonism good. Morals bad.
And so it goes. The world is upsidedown.
Do you know about synthetic methamphetamine?
Prescribed by your loco physician.
Drink alcohol, smoke marijuana, don’t even think of picking up a cigarette or an e-cigarette. Your hamburger is next on the list. I remember when people were free. Unless there is revolution, in the future no one will remember being free.
Better a physician than your neighborhood heroin addict.
and without the felonies
Bidis aren’t really something you can inhale easily.
Exactly what kind of health care does a chain drugstore provide? Other than the occasional flu shot, mabe.
Upside down is right. I pray that it can even be turned around :(
Gee, the libertarians will be all over this, they won’t talk about anything else except tobacco, just as they have been during the last 50 years of anti-tobacco laws, including during the Obama administration.
You mean you haven’t heard that Obama has already signed anti-tobacco legislation in the past and the libertarians don’t care, that they never uttered a peep?
Welcome to Dystopia. They want to make tobacco illegal, while at the same time a local fatcat lawyer with political ambitions is circulating a petition to legalize weed here in Florida. How many old hippie potheads have had car accidents because they were high? Lots of them, at least around here. How many people have had car accidents as the result of smoking a cigarette? None at all. But in the new social reality, tobacco is evil and “medical” marijuana is good.
Bottom line: reefer makes you stupid and lazy, and it destroys your ambition.
Yup. This is all about blue state taxes on tobacco, nothing else.
“Science based”?! What a joke!
The fascism is here.
So much for that whole “illegal to seize private property without fair recompense” eh? :)
Someone has to be the street dealer for the PRESCRIBED dope people take.
People spit on heroin junkies but the revered Rush Limbaugh is a heroin junkie.
Misuse in so called healthy people by any prescribed medicine is different from any street addict how?
I thought Nancy Pelosi said sales had to continue but with increased tax to fund the Children’s Health Program. So what about the children?
Wow, nice rant! Someone find your stash? perhaps you can point me to the articles detailing, with proof, Rush's heroin use? All I have ever heard or read about was his addiction to Oxycontin and arrest for prescription fraud in the procurement of same. Obviously you have some inside personal knowledge that never made the news.
Nothing’s more destructive to freedom than a liberal with so-called ‘good intentions’
Have you noticed that a lot of his petitions are showing up at local college campuses? He ain’t trolling Century Village, that’s for sure.
>>Just to make sure I understand. Smoking tobacco is bad, smoking pot is good. Right?
You nailed it.
I am really surprised by this insofar as the liberals never met a tax they didn’t like. They must not be getting sufficient kickbacks from the company in question.
There are many long term members of FR that are rejoicing over this news, but they really hate being called liberals.
I remember that. I was a kid at the time, but my parents and grandparents were big fans of Rush Limbaugh. When he got busted, he went on the radio and humbled down. He asked his listeners to forgive him and pray for his recovery. Then he disappeared into rehab for a couple of months. And when he came back on the radio, he was more popular than he was before he fell. Some of his listeners could relate to what he went through.
We know what’s best for you. Just comply. And send in your taxes. And don’t listen to those dangerous people talking about “freedom.”
My neighbor rolls his own, and it evens comes in menthol, but I haven’t seen him growing any tobacco plants ... “yet” ... smiles.
He buys the cans of tobacco, and has a rolling machine with the filters to place in them too. He said there’s different kinds of tobacco he can buy and he kind of makes his own blend, I guess like they do tea leaves to get just the right flavor.
My biggest fear will be the feds pushing zero-tolerance drunk driving laws. It will totally kill the tavern and restaurant industries.
I agree with the point you are making but have to pick one nit. There have been accidents caused by cigarette smoking, but not because the smokers were impaired as they are with pot. Most cigarette accidents are caused by inattention to driving (similar to those caused by fiddling with the radio or eating while driving). I have also heard of lit cigarette butts thrown out the window flying into the car/truck behind and starting a fire or injuring someone.
Your bottom line I totally agree with: reefer makes you stupid and lazy, and it destroys your ambition. Maybe that’s why the libs are so in favor. It’s easier to control sheeple with no ambition.
“Just to make sure I understand. Smoking tobacco is bad, smoking pot is good. Right”?
I never could follow this logic either. The closest someone came to explaining was that you couldn’t smoke 20 joints.
Of course...there’s also the idiot here in WA state that doesn’t understand that just because it’s legal that you can’t go light up a joint on your break. Blooming idiots. Surrounded by blooming idiots.
Before anyone asks...I could give a fig if you want to smoke a joint. I really don’t care. But I do feel like a business does have the right to say no to smoking a joint or having a beer on your break/for lunch.
I despise breathing cigarette smoke. I also despise having to pay higher insurance rates in order to cover smoking-related diseases. But I support the freedom of others to make the choice whether or not to smoke. (Just don’t force me to breathe it or pay for it.)
I’d prefer that people choose not to smoke, but I’d prefer even more that the government get out of our private lives. Why are libs “pro-choice” on abortion, but not pro-choice on smoking? And can you imagine the uproar if tattoos and piercings were banned (in the interest of health, of course)?
I've heard this excuse, too.
But don't forget that joints are unfiltered, and you not only inhale, but hold the smoke in your lungs to get the full effect.
Nobody smokes cigarettes like that.
So technically, yeah, not a pack a day. But I'd wager that "only" smoking 4-5 unfiltered Camels in said manner would be pretty bad for one's lungs, too.
Does this include those who smoke “KOOLS”?
Indeed (he said, sharpening his tomahawk and loading another magazine). Claire Wolfe's alarm clock has to be getting ready to go off any time now.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
Just come to Colorado to find this out. Our idiots in State Congress are leading the way in hypocrisy and corruption, led by Gov. Hickencrapper
No problem with that.
I also despise having to pay higher insurance rates in order to cover smoking-related diseases.
Smokers have long paid higher insurance premiums than non-smokers.
But I support the freedom of others to make the choice whether or not to smoke.
As do I.
(Just dont force me to breathe it or pay for it.)
You never have been forced to do either.
Id prefer that people choose not to smoke, but Id prefer even more that the government get out of our private lives.
You won't get an argument from me.
Why are libs pro-choice on abortion, but not pro-choice on smoking?
Because they have a misconstrued definition of the word "choice."
And can you imagine the uproar if tattoos and piercings were banned (in the interest of health, of course)?
Uproar over proposed bans on such things come from all sides of the political spectrum.
*** I also despise having to pay higher insurance rates in order to cover smoking-related diseases.***
You need to do more research. Lifetime healthcare costs are actually lower for smokers than non smokers.
They die at a younger age, and healthcare costs skyrocket for older Americans.
So, your lifetime healthcare costs to the system will be more than for the average smoker.
So, then, what about all of those tobacco taxes that states depend on?
Grow your own? without calcium phosphate fertilizer, no Polonium, no cancer.
Please note that nowhere in what is posted does it state any cause or reason for the FDA to act. Still, does it matter? The FDA has no authority over free men... see the post with the Mountain Man owning the judge.
“We’ve come to the conclusion that cigarettes have no place in a setting where health care is being delivered,” said CVS Caremark CEO Larry Merlo.
By climbing into bed with the evil ones in DC CVS has signed
their own death warrant. Now that they have given the gov
a foot in the door next will be alcohol sales, then soda, then god only knows what product the gov will tell them they can’t sell “because it’s bad”....won’t be long before
CVS is belly up. Sell their stock NOW if you own some before it tanks.
The liberal Fascists are busy.
That is my question, are the hypercrits at CVS, going to stop selling booze as well?