We are excited to announce the merging of the FDA Tobacco Compliance Program into the Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease, effective July 1, 2013!
The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act) became effective on June 22, 2009. The Tobacco Control Act gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products to protect public health.
As a result, the FDA contracted with several states, including Arizona, to conduct Undercover Buy and Advertising and Labeling inspections at tobacco retailers throughout the State. The purpose of the inspections is to monitor compliance with regulations of the Tobacco Control Act, including the flavored cigarette ban, age and access limitations, and promotion and advertising restrictions.
In an effort to streamline our tobacco enforcement and surveillance activities throughout the state, as well as, work more efficiently and effectively with these programs, we are merging FDA program with current surveillance efforts of the Tobacco Office (which will also include our ongoing work with the Attorney General’s Office and the SYNAR Program, which is also transitioning into our bureau). We will be welcoming three employees from the FDA program, including Heather McAlister (FDA Inspector) and Diane Burkett (FDA program manager), along with another inspector to be named in the very near future.
We are confident that the integration of all three surveillance areas into one unified effort will bring significant gain to our commitment to curtail the sale and marketing of tobacco products to youth in Arizona, and, when coupled with STAND (Students Taking a New Direction), we’ll embark on even stronger ground in activating youth toward a healthier future.
Please join us in welcoming these folks to our office!
Wayne Tormala, Chief
Arizona Department of Health Services
Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease