This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended the deadline for submission of comments on draft guidance changing the compliance date for new tobacco products, banning flavored cigars and creating a complicated web of guidance related to the types of retailers the FDA believes should be able to sell flavored e-cigarette pods. The new deadline is April 30, 15 days later than the original date. CDA will submit comments on behalf or the association and we will soon be sharing a draft letter with CDA members along with instructions on how to submit comments. We urge you to submit comments that reflect our position that these regulations are arbitrary and will not bend the curve on youth use of e-cigarettes, and may in fact lead to a less-regulated market where teens can purchase these products unbound by restrictions that convenience stores place on purchase.
The Convenience Distribution Association (CDA), formerly AWMA, is the trade organization working on behalf of convenience products distributors in the United States. Its distributor members represent more than $92 billion in U.S convenience product sales, serving a wide variety of small retail formats. Associate members include leading convenience product manufacturers, brokers, retailers, suppliers and others allied to the industry.