FDA Launches Spanish Web site To Aid Tobacco Compliance

Retailers can now find Spanish-language tools and tips on complying with FDA rules.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) has released a new Spanish-languagcigarettes, tobacco regulatione Web site (fda.gov/tabaco) to  connect Spanish-speaking retailers and consumers to credible, science-based information and resources.

The FDA noted that minority communities have the highest prevalence of tobacco use, and thus suffer from tobacco-related health disparities. Current cigarette smoking among Hispanics in grades 9 through 12 is 22%, as estimated by the CDC. Retailers can play an important role in protecting children and adolescents from risks associated with using tobacco products due to being uniquely positioned to reduce underage access to tobacco products.

Fda.gov/tabaco is full of vital tips, downloadable tools, and information Spanish-speaking retailers need to comply with FDA rules – all now available in Spanish.

The site includes information on retailer education campaign areas with FREE translated printed materials ordered online, regulatory information, educational materials, videos, podcasts and more at www.fda.gov/rompelacadena ; Information on youth tobacco prevention, effective treatment for nicotine addiction and tobacco research and statistics; A Tobacco Control Act digital timeline highlights upcoming deadlines required by the Act.

FDA urges retailers to get the word out about this important resource: http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/ResourcesforYou/ucm244461.htm

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