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Withdrawal of the Proposed Rule To Revise General Provisions; Electronic Cigarettes

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National Park Service; Interior.


Proposed rule; withdrawal.


The National Park Service withdraws the proposed rule that would revise the regulation that defines smoking to include the use of electronic cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems; and would allow a superintendent to close an area, building, structure, or facility to smoking when necessary to maintain public health and safety. The withdrawal is based upon a need to engage in additional interagency coordination and review of the proposal.


The January 6, 2017, proposed rule (82 FR 1647) is withdrawn as of January 18, 2017.


The withdrawal of the proposed rule, and comments, are available at by searching for Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) 1024-AE30.

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Sara Newman, Director, Office of Public Health, by telephone 202-513-7225, or email

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This withdrawal does not affect Director's Order #50D (Smoking Policy), originally issued in 2003 and then revised and reissued in 2009, and Policy Memorandum 15-03 (Use of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems), issued on September 10, 2015, which remain in effect and are available online on the NPS Office of Policy Web site at​applications/​npspolicy/​index.cfm by clicking on the drop-down menu and selecting “Smoking” from the list of policy subjects.

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Michael Bean,

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.

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[FR Doc. 2017-01060 Filed 1-17-17; 8:45 am]