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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 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 is a frequent contributor to the Food and Drug Law Institute's (FDLI) Update Magazine and has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Food and Drug Law Journal.  In addition, he has been interviewed in the 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 received the 2018 National Law Review Go-To Thought Leadership Award for his consistent coverage of the emerging issues surrounding vaping and e-cigarettes on Keller and Heckman’s law blog, The Continuum of Risk.  As an industry leader, Mr. Chowdhury frequently speaks at industry conferences and events.

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.

Education: Johns Hopkins University (B.A., B.S., 2003); University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business (M.B.A., 2006); University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., 2006, cum laude).

Admissions: District of Columbia; Maryland

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released an updated module, “Tobacco Registration and Listing Module Next Generation (TRLM NG)” to its FDA Unified Registration and Listing (FURLS) Tobacco Registration and Listing Module (TRLM) (FURLS TRLM). TRLM NG was developed to better assist industry stakeholders submitting information and to improve system usability.

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Keller and Heckman’s 4th annual E-Vapor and Tobacco Law Symposium is just around the corner. Take advantage of the early bird discount and register today for the most comprehensive 2-day seminar focused on legal and regulatory issues critical to e-vapor, tobacco and CBD industries. Topics that will be covered include:

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Ahead of the Food and Drug Law Institute’s (FDLI) annual Tobacco and Nicotine Products Regulation and Policy Conference in Washington, DC, on October 23, 2019, Keller and Heckman attorneys Ben Wolf and Kathryn Skaggs presented on FDA’s “Pathways to Market” for new tobacco products during the pre-conference seminar, Introduction to Tobacco and Nicotine Law and

Keller and Heckman LLP is announcing its 4th annual E-Vapor and Tobacco Law Symposium. This comprehensive 2-day course will address critical legal issues relevant to e-vapor, e-liquid and tobacco product manufacturers, distributors and retailers including youth prevention, FDA compliance, premarket applications, flavor bans, litigation, global and state compliance laws, and more.

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On September 4, 2019, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced soon-to-be-filed Emergency Rules banning the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in Michigan.[1] The proposed flavor ban, the first of its kind at the state-level, is being promulgated without any public notice and comment using the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ (MDHHS) emergency rulemaking powers.