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The Tobacco industry is subject to many strict federal and state laws that govern and regulate the manufacturing, distribution, and retail sale of tobacco products. Giel York Tobacco Corporation and Jacobs Tobacco Company are fully compliant with all tobacco regulation and maintain the highest integrity in keeping current with all newly imposed legislation. The below listed agencies are primarily responsible for the tobacco industry’s overall compliance.
Like most industries providing consumable products in the U.S., the tobacco industry is one of the most heavily regulated. The primary agency that governs tobacco is the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The FDA protects and promotes public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety, tobacco products, cosmetics, and drugs and has strict policies regarding the handling of all aspects of a product recall. On June 22, 2009, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act was signed into law. Under this Act, the Food and Drug Administration was given the authority to regulate all tobacco products. This includes the development of rules and regulations relating to the manufacturing and marketing of tobacco products.
The Fair and Equitable Tobacco Reform Act of 2004 requires a tax on tobacco manufactures and importers. The Tobacco Transition Payment Program (TTPP), governed by the USDA and also more commonly known as the "tobacco buy-out", is a limited tobacco tariff which helps tobacco quota holders and producers transition to the free market. Signed into law by President Bush on October 22, 2004, The Fair and Equitable Tobacco Reform Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-357) ended the Depression-era tobacco quota program and established the TTPP. The program provides annual transitional payments for 10 years to eligible tobacco quota holders and producers. Payments began in 2005 and continue through 2014. Payments are funded through assessments of approximately $10 billion on tobacco product manufacturers and importers.
The FTC has long played a role in the regulation of the tobacco industry. Today, the FTC investigates unfair tobacco industry business practices and advertisements, and enforces laws that address these practices. The FTC enforces laws against false and deceptive advertising of tobacco products. The FTC also enforces federal antitrust laws that prohibit tobacco companies from engaging in anticompetitive mergers and other business practices that restrict competition and harm consumers. When Congress enacted the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act in 1965, the FTC was empowered to regulate, for the first time, health warnings on cigarette packages. The FTC also has authority in regulating advertising to prevent what may be considered “unfair or deceptive” business practices.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through its Office on Smoking and Health (OSH), is the lead federal agency for comprehensive tobacco prevention and control. OSH is a division within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, which is located within CDC’s Coordinating Center for Health Promotion. Originally established in 1965 as the National Clearinghouse for Smoking and Health, OSH is dedicated to reducing the death and disease caused by tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.
The rules that govern and regulate the tobacco industry are strictly enforced by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), a division of the Alcohol Tobacco and Fire Arms (ATF), under the authority of the U.S Treasury Department. The TTB collects Federal excise taxes on alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and ammunition and assures compliance with Federal tobacco and alcohol permitting, labeling, and marketing requirements to protect consumers. Jacobs Tobacco Company is fully compliant with Chapter I, of Title 27, Code of Federal Regulations and public laws relating to the tobacco industry.
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