• Federal Appellate Court Upholds Order that Tobacco Companies Correct Lies to the Public – Industry Should Stop Delay and Tell the Truth

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit today upheld a court order requiring tobacco companies to publish statements correcting their decades of deception, rejecting all but one of the companies’ arguments aimed at delaying and weakening the order.

    PRESS RELEASE | May 22, 2015
  • Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Honors Michael Bloomberg For Extraordinary Leadership in the Fight Against Tobacco


    Washington, DC – The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids tonight will present Michael R. Bloomberg with its highest honor, the Champion Award, in recognition of his unparalleled leadership in the fight against tobacco.

    As mayor of New York City from 2002 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg implemented a comprehensive strategy to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, leading to dramatic reductions in smoking rates and contributing to a significant increase in the average life expectancy of New Yorkers.

    As a philanthropist, he launched the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use in 2007, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries. Bloomberg Philanthropies has invested more than $600 million to support proven tobacco control strategies in over 40 countries. More than 1.7 billion people are now protected with smoke-free laws and other effective tobacco control policies.

    PRESS RELEASE | May 14, 2015
  • With Mayor’s Signature, San Francisco Makes History As First City to Take Tobacco Out of Baseball


    SAN FRANCISCO, CA – San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee today signed into law an ordinance to prohibit the use of all tobacco products – including smokeless tobacco – at all baseball venues and athletic fields within the city and county of San Francisco, including by fans and players at AT&T Park. The Board of Supervisors passed the ordinance unanimously on April 28. San Francisco is the first jurisdiction in the nation to approve such a measure. The law will take effect January 1, 2016.

    PRESS RELEASE | May 7, 2015
  • 31 Leading Health Groups Urge President Obama to Issue Final Rules Regulating All Tobacco Products, Including E-Cigarettes and Cigars

    WASHINGTON, DC – Thirty-one leading public health and medical organizations today urged President Obama to quickly finalize long-overdue rules covering all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, cigars and hookah.

    In a letter to the President, the groups said the continued lack of federal oversight of these products is putting the health of America’s kids at risk. Underscoring the urgent need for action, a recent government survey showed that youth e-cigarette use tripled from 2013 to 2014 and now exceeds youth cigarette smoking for the first time.

    PRESS RELEASE | Apr 28, 2015
  • Hawai’i Makes History by Passing Bill to Increase Age of Sale for Tobacco Products to 21

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today Hawai’i made history with final passage of legislation to prohibit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. The bill now goes to Governor David Ige, whose signature will make Hawai’i the first state in the nation to raise the tobacco sale age to 21. This bold step will reduce smoking among young people, save lives and help make the next generation tobacco-free.

    PRESS RELEASE | Apr 24, 2015
  • New Orleans Smoke-Free Law Takes Effect Today, Protecting Everyone’s Right to Breathe Clean Air

    WASHINGTON, DC – Hard-working New Orleans residents will no longer be forced to choose between earning a paycheck and breathing clean air thanks to the city’s smoke-free law that took effect today. The new law protects employees and customers from harmful secondhand smoke in all workplaces and public places, including bars, music venues and casinos. 

    PRESS RELEASE | Apr 22, 2015
  • In Historic First, San Francisco Board of Supervisors Votes to Take Tobacco Out of Baseball

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Today the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance to prohibit use of all tobacco products – including smokeless tobacco – at all baseball venues and athletic fields within the city and county of San Francisco, including by fans and players at AT&T Park. San Francisco is the first jurisdiction in the nation to approve such a measure. The Board of Supervisors is expected to take a final vote on the ordinance on April 28 before it goes to Mayor Ed Lee for his signature. It would take effect January 1, 2016.

    PRESS RELEASE | Apr 21, 2015
  • Government Survey Shows Youth E-Cigarette Use Tripled in One Year and Exceeds Use of Regular Cigarettes – FDA Must Act Now to Protect Kids

    WASHINGTON, DC – The 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey released today shows that historic declines in youth cigarette smoking continue, but youth use of electronic cigarettes tripled from 2013 to 2014 and, for the first time, exceeds use of regular cigarettes.

    Among high school students, current cigarette smoking (use on at least 1 day in the past 30 days) fell from 12.7 percent in 2013 to 9.2 percent in 2014, reaching another record low. However, current e-cigarette use jumped from 4.5 percent in 2013 to 13.4 percent in 2014 (it was just 1.5 percent in 2011). Also troubling, there was no decline in overall tobacco use from 2011 to 2014, with 24.6 percent of high school students reporting current use of at least one tobacco product in 2014.

    PRESS RELEASE | Apr 16, 2015
  • Illinois Governor’s Decision to Shutter State’s Tobacco Quitline Will Cost Lives and Money

    The fact that Gov. Bruce Rauner today has cut off funds to the Illinois Tobacco Quitline — in the middle of a national ad campaign encouraging smokers to call tobacco quitlines — is shortsighted, misinformed and tragic. In the name of cost cutting it will not only cost lives, it will actually cost the state money.

    PRESS RELEASE | Apr 15, 2015
  • New Poll: Americans Strongly Support FDA Regulation of Tobacco Products, Want Limits on E-Cigarettes, Oppose Congressional Efforts to Shield Cigars

    WASHINGTON, DC – American voters overwhelmingly support the 2009 law that gave the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco products and oppose efforts to curtail that authority, according to a national poll conducted for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Voters strongly oppose efforts by the cigar industry to get Congress to exempt some cigars from FDA regulation and support FDA regulation of electronic cigarettes.

    The telephone poll of 1,000 registered voters was conducted jointly by prominent Republican and Democratic polling firms Public Opinion Strategies and The Mellman Group.

    PRESS RELEASE | Apr 14, 2015


The federal government must provide strong leadership in the fight against tobacco use, the number one cause of preventable death in the United States.

After a long battle, Congress and President Obama in 2009 enacted a new law giving the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products and marketing.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids was a leader in the fight for this law and is working to ensure it is vigorously enforced.

The Obama Administration also has launched the first national tobacco control strategy, which calls for a public education campaign and other actions to prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from harmful secondhand smoke. It is critical that the plan be robustly funded and effectively implemented.

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Key Federal Issues

  • FDA Authority Over Tobacco Read More

    A landmark 2009 law gives the FDA authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing and sale of tobacco products

  • Graphic Warning Labels Read More

    New law requires large, graphic cigarette warnings, but tobacco companies fight change to protect profits

  • National Tobacco Control Strategy Read More

    Learn more about the Administration's plan to reinvigorate efforts to reduce tobacco use

  • Health Care Reform Read More

    New law bolsters disease prevention and expands coverage for quit-smoking therapies

  • Federal Tobacco Taxes Read More

    Higher tobacco taxes reduce smoking, raise revenue and are popular with the public

  • Internet Tobacco Sales Read More

    The Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act bars the illegal sale of tax-evading tobacco products over the Internet

  • Trade and Tobacco Read More

    Tobacco products should be excluded from trade agreements



Tobacco use takes a huge toll in health, live and dollars in every state.

Tobacco costs state taxpayers billions each year in Medicaid and other health care expenses and imposes enormous costs on families and businesses.

State and local governments often have been in the forefront of the drive to reduce tobacco use, save lives and save money. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids works to put proven solutions in place in every state and community.

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The Toll of Tobacco in the U.S.


Key State and Local Issues


Tobacco use killed one hundred million people worldwide in the 20th century. Without urgent action, it will kill one billion people in the 21st century.

An international treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, requires nations to implement proven measures to reduce tobacco use.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids supports governments and non-governmental organizations around the world in promoting and implementing these policies. We are a partner in the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, which focuses on low- and middle-income countries where more than 80 percent of tobacco-related deaths will occur in the coming decades.

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Key International Issues

  • Advertising and Promotion Read More

    Bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship reduce tobacco use, especially among youth

  • Illicit Trade/Smuggling Read More

    International and national policies are needed to combat the illicit tobacco trade, which harms public health and global security and costs governments billions

  • Light and Low-Tar Cigarettes Read More

    Nations must stop the marketing of cigarettes as "light" and "low-tar," which falsely promotes some cigarettes as less harmful

  • Public Education Campaigns Read More

    Aggressive campaigns prevent children from smoking, help smokers quit and change public attitudes

  • Smoke-Free Laws Read More

    There is a fast-growing global movement to adopt 100 percent smoke-free laws that apply to all workplaces and public places

  • Taxation & Price Read More

    Higher tobacco taxes reduce smoking, save lives and increase revenues

  • Warning Labels Read More

    Large, graphic warning labels increase knowledge of health risks and influence decisions whether to smoke




For decades, the tobacco industry has marketed its deadly products to kids, deceived the public about the harmful effects of tobacco use and fought proven measures to reduce tobacco use.

In a landmark 2006 U.S. federal court ruling, the big cigarette makers were found to be racketeers who engaged in a deadly fraud.

Despite marketing restrictions and the imposition of new Food and Drug Administration regulations, the industry continues to try to thwart the law.

And it has redoubled its promotion of tobacco products around the world, targeting low- and middle-income countries with limited resources to deal with its deadly products and deceptive marketing.

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