FDA Center for Tobacco to Launch Six-Month Text Messaging Pilot Program
- Author: Kathryn Stewart
- Author: Monday, September 20th, 2010
To sign up, text BreakChain to 87000 from your mobile phone.
Messages will include information on
FDA rules that limit the sale, distribution, and marketing of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco Provisions that prohibit the advertising or labeling of tobacco products with the descriptors "light," "mild," or "low" or similar descriptors without an FDA order Requirementsthat new, larger health warning labels for smokeless tobacco products
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Win Recognition From September 20 - October 14! Subscribers will also have the opportunity to take quizes for a chance to be recognized on FDA.gov!One winner will be selected each week. Winners will have the opportunity to be featured on www.fda.gov/tobacco via FDA/CDC's bi-weekly podcast series: Tobacco Control Act: What Retailers Need to Know. For more information, please see the contest rules.
At the end of the four weeks, we will ask for your feedback so that we can make improvements to our texting program. Your feedback is very important to us and will help us to improve this service. We look forward to receiving your input.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 1. How do I sign up?Send a text message with the word BREAKCHAIN in the body of the message to 87000.2. Is there a cost?FDA does not charge subscribers to participate in this program. Standard text messaging and data rates from your wireless carrier may apply.3. How many messages will I receive?When you sign up, you will receive a series of introductory messages/questions. After that, you should expect to receive approximately three messages a week for the first month, and one message a week for the remaining five months. 4. How do I opt out?You can opt out at any time by sending a reply with the word BREAKCHAIN QUIT in the body of the message.5. How do I win the opportunity to be featured by the FDA in a podcast? For the first four weeks of the program, FDA will send two educational messages (on Mondays and Wednesdays). Every Friday, a weekly quiz will ask subscribers to correctly answer a question about the new tobacco legislation. One winner will be selected each week for the first four weeks. Winners will have the opportunity to be featured onFDA.gov. For more information, please see the contest rules.
6. Can I call for more information related to the content in a text message?Please call 877-287-1373 for more information.