FDA tobacco regulatory headlines are back in focus, with visible catalysts into year-end. Two key questions have emerged: (1) What are the implications to tobacco stocks from increased FDA e-cig regulation?; and (2) Where does the FDA stand on its goal of reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes to minimally or non-addictive levels?
Join our Global Tobacco Team on Tuesday, October 16th at 11:00 AM (ET) as we host Nicotine and Tobacco Product Regulation Attorney, Azim Chowdhury for a discussion on potential FDA outcomes and assess the implications for MO, BAT, and IMB.
Title: Global Tobacco Expert Call with Attorney, Azim Chowdhury, a Regulatory and Public Policy Attorney with a Focus on Vapor, Nicotine and Tobacco Product Regulation
Azim Chowdhury, Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP
Pamela Kaufman, Morgan Stanley Research
Sanath Sudarsan, Morgan Stanley Research
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International dial in: (629) 228-0795
Conference ID: 9468114
Azim Chowdhury is a regulatory and public policy attorney with a focus on vapor, nicotine and tobacco product regulation. He is a Partner in Keller and Heckman’s nationally-ranked food and drug law practice.
Mr. Chowdhury advises domestic and foreign corporations in matters of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and international regulatory compliance. In particular, he has developed expertise in tobacco and vapor product regulation relating to the implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, and spearheaded the Tobacco and E-Vapor practice at Keller and Heckman. Specifically, Mr. Chowdhury has experience representing tobacco, e-cigarette and e-liquid manufacturers, distributors, retailers, suppliers and trade associations in matters of FDA, state and global regulatory compliance. He also assists corporations in establishing clearances for food and drug additives in the U.S., Canada, and European Union, with an emphasis on indirect additives used in food-contact materials.
Mr. Chowdhury is also a frequent contributor to the Food and Drug Law Institute's (FDLI) Update Magazine, has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Food and Drug Law Journal, and has authored and edited numerous articles and publications, including Tobacco Regulation and Compliance: An Essential Resource,FDA Regulation of Tobacco: A Comprehensive Guide – An FDLI Primer and Tobacco and Nicotine Delivery: Regulation and Compliance, 2nd Edition. He frequently speaks at industry conferences and events, was featured in U.S. News and World Reports Best Lawyers Edition (2016) and was named one of “10 Names to Know in the Vape World” in the October 2015 issue of Vape Magazine.
Mr. Chowdhury also has an active pro bono practice through Keller and Heckman’s Pro Bono Program, and has been featured in the Baltimore Sun for successfully obtaining asylum in the United States for a family who fled their home country of El Salvador because of violence they faced from an international gang.
Prior to entering private practice, he served as a judicial law clerk on the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. Mr. Chowdhury received a B.A. and B.S. from Johns Hopkins University, a MBA from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business, and a JD, cum laude, from the University of Maryland School of Law.