State and Local Policy as a Tool to Complement and Supplement the FDA Law

by Leslie Zellers and Ian McLaughlin –

With the recent passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration now has the authority to regulate tobacco sales, marketing, and use. Though this law is a beneficial step, some gaps remain. There are significant merits to state and local governments enacting local laws to fill these gaps. State and local governments can also effectively partner with the Food and Drug Administration in enforcing various provisions of the law. There are a great deal of local policy options available to state and local governments. This Article provides both recommendations and questions about how to effectively enforce Food and Drug Administration law.

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