Freedom of Information Act and the FDA

In June 2009, President Obama signed the Family Smoking and Tobacco Control Act into law, authorizing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate tobacco products for the first time.In the three years since the law was enacted, the FDA has established the Center for Tobacco Products and begun developing regulations and guidance concerning tobacco products. In the course of this work, the Center has generated and collected thousands of pages of correspondence, reports, and other documents of interest to the public health community. Much of the written information created or received by the Center is available to the public. The tool to get access to this information is found in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a law designed to protect public access to government information.