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Keeping up with Inflation: It Pays to be Compliant

For Tobacco Retailers, FDA inspections are an expected occurrence.  While more than 90% of inspections are passing, if a failure happens, it can require more paperwork and possibly a dollar fine.


To keep up with inflation, the FDA increases the sum of monetary retribution due for failed compliance inspection exercises using the Consumer Price Index, or cost-of-living adjustment multiplier, calculated each October. The cost-of-living adjustment multiplier for October 2018 is 1.0; the increase is applied to all penalties assessed on or after Nov. 5, 2019. Annual adjustments were subsequently published in February 2017 and October 2018.1


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1 Annual Civil Monetary Penalties Inflation Adjustment

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