The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, enacted in June 2009, granted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco products.
Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, "roll-your-own" tobacco and smokeless tobacco products; however, the law allows the FDA to extend its authority to regulate other tobacco products, including cigars and pipe tobacco. The FDA has indicated that regulation of cigars and other tobacco products is on its agenda of items for possible rule-making.
The implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA) is taking place over time. Some provisions took effect immediately while other provisions require the FDA to take action through rule-making, which generally involves public comment and scientific review.