How to Submit a Public Comment on Federal Regulations 

Submitting a public comment on a proposed regulation is an important way to make your voice heard and influence public policy. The FDA knows that you as an individual and as an organization have an invested interest in how a regulation may impact your industry and business and your insights will give them a better understanding how regulations may impact an industry. This is incredibly important, especially to the premium cigar and pipe tobacco industries that are constantly on the receiving end of new rules and regulations that make doing business even costlier and challenging for all.  

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) welcomes public comments on proposed regulations related to food, drugs, medical devices, and even tobacco products. The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) encourages retailers, manufacturers and consumers to all get involved in this process by submitting a comment to the FDA on a proposed regulation.

Here are the steps you can take to submit a public comment to the FDA:

Step 1: Find the Proposed Regulation

The first step is to locate the proposed regulation on which you want to submit a public comment. You can find this information on the FDA website or the Federal Register website, which publishes all proposed and final regulations. The PCA will also send out alerts and post a direct link to regulations that are up for comment on our website. 

Step 2: Read the Proposed Regulation

Before you can submit a public comment, make sure you understand the proposed regulation. This will help you form an opinion and provide substantive feedback. The PCA regularly sends updates and alerts on proposed regulations that may impact the premium cigar and pipe tobacco industries. Make sure you’re subscribed to our newsletter and check your e-mail regularly for these important news items.

Step 3: Write Your Public Comment

When writing your public comment, it’s best to be clear and concise. Your comment should focus on the specific regulation and include relevant information, such as personal experiences, data, or research.

Also, please be respectful and avoid using offensive language when you’re writing your submission. Remember that your comment will be read by FDA officials and other members of the public.

Step 4: Submit Your Public Comment

Once you have written your public comment, it’s time to submit it. You can do this by following the instructions provided on the FDA website or the Federal Register website. This usually involves filling out an online form, but you can also submit comments by mail or fax.

Tips for Writing a Good Public Comment

To ensure your public comment is effective, we recommend the following:

  1. Be specific: Focus on the proposed regulation and provide specific feedback. Avoid general statements or opinions that don’t provide substantive feedback.
  2. Use evidence: Back up your arguments with data, research, or personal experiences.
  3. Be concise: Keep your comment brief and to the point. Long comments may be less likely to be read or considered.
  4. Be respectful: Avoid using offensive language or making personal attacks.
  5. Submit on time: Make sure to submit your comment before the deadline. Late comments may not be considered.

Submitting a public comment on a proposed FDA regulation is an important way to influence public policy. This is your chance to take part in the advocacy process and let your opinions be heard by those who are making and setting policy. By following these simple steps and tips, you can make your voice heard and help shape the future of premium cigars and pipe tobacco in the United States.