• Pennsylvania Tobacco Tax Increase is a Big Win for Kids and Health

    WASHINGTON, DC – It is terrific news for Pennsylvania’s kids and health that the Legislature has approved – and Gov. Tom Wolf has signed into law – a $1 per pack increase in the state cigarette tax. The tobacco tax increase is truly a win-win-win solution for Pennsylvania – a health win that will reduce tobacco use and save lives, a financial win that will help raise needed revenue, and a political win that polls show is popular with voters. We applaud Gov. Wolf for his leadership in proposing a strong cigarette tax increase and the lawmakers who joined him in siding with kids over the tobacco industry.

    PRESS RELEASE | Jul 14, 2016
  • Chicago Baseball Becomes Tobacco-Free; Wrigley Game Tomorrow is City’s Historic First

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow afternoon, historic Wrigley Field will witness a new milestone: Chicago’s first tobacco-free Major League Baseball game. With Chicago – home to two storied teams – joining the growing list of tobacco-free baseball cities, it’s time for Major League Baseball and its players to set the right example for our kids and promptly agree to prohibit smokeless tobacco use at all Major League ballparks. As more and more Major League cities becoming tobacco-free, the only question is when all baseball will become tobacco-free.

    PRESS RELEASE | Jul 14, 2016
  • House Appropriations Committee Slashes Funding for CDC’s Vital Tobacco Control Programs, Putting Tobacco Industry Before Health

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Once again putting the tobacco industry’s interests before America’s kids and health, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee today voted to slash funding for the CDC’s highly successful and cost-effective programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit. The committee approved a bill that cuts funding for the CDC’s tobacco control programs by more than half, from $210 million to $100 million, and rejected an amendment, offered by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), to restore the funding (the bill funds the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies for Fiscal Year 2017).

    PRESS RELEASE | Jul 13, 2016
  • Historic Win for Global Health: Uruguay Defeats Philip Morris Challenge to Its Strong Tobacco Control Laws


    WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a historic public health victory that will be felt around the world, Uruguay has won an international legal battle against Philip Morris International to uphold its strong laws to reduce tobacco use.

    More than six years after Philip Morris launched its legal attack, an arbitration tribunal of the World Bank today ruled in Uruguay’s favor and strongly rejected Philip Morris’ challenge to two laws adopted by Uruguay to reduce the death and disease caused by tobacco use. One law requires graphic warnings covering 80 percent of the front and back of cigarette packs, while the other limits each cigarette brand to one pack presentation in order to prevent the use of terms (such as “light” and “mild”) and colors to falsely imply that some cigarettes are less harmful.

    PRESS RELEASE | Jul 8, 2016
  • House Appropriations Bill Slashes Funding for CDC’s Vital Tobacco Control Programs, Putting Tobacco Industry Before Health

    Members of Congress once again have protected the tobacco industry at the expense of America’s kids and public health by advancing an appropriations bill that slashes funding for the CDC’s highly effective programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit. A House Appropriations subcommittee today approved the bill, which cuts funding for the CDC’s vital tobacco control programs by more than half, from $210 million to $100 million (the bill funds the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education for Fiscal Year 2017). The subcommittee is chaired by U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), who supported the funding cut.

    PRESS RELEASE | Jul 7, 2016
  • CDC Report: Smoke-Free Laws Protect Nearly 60 Percent of U.S. Population; Every State and Community Should Be Smoke-Free


    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today that while states and localities have made tremendous progress in protecting people from secondhand smoke, we haven't done nearly enough – especially in the Southeast – to protect all Americans from this serious and entirely preventable health threat. About 40 percent of the U.S. population remains unprotected by comprehensive smoke-free workplace laws – which means too many people must still choose between earning a paycheck and breathing smoke-free air.

    PRESS RELEASE | Jun 23, 2016
  • CDC Report: States Need to Regain Momentum on Tobacco Taxes, Smoke-Free Laws

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new report issued today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) underscores the need for states to step up the fight against tobacco – the nation’s No. 1 cause of preventable death – by redoubling their efforts to increase tobacco taxes and pass comprehensive smoke-free workplace laws. The report shows that state progress in implementing these proven measures has slowed greatly in recent years. States lack excuses for failing to do more. As the report confirms, there is conclusive evidence that tobacco tax increases and smoke-free laws work to prevent kids from smoking, encourage smokers to quit and protect non-smokers from secondhand smoke, thereby saving lives and health care dollars.

    PRESS RELEASE | Jun 16, 2016
  • Historic Decline in Youth Smoking Is Terrific News, but High Rate of E-Cigarette Use Must Be Addressed


    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The historic decline in youth cigarette smoking reported today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will save millions of lives in the years to come. According to the CDC’s 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), the smoking rate among high school students fell to a record-low 10.8 percent in 2015, down from 15.7 percent in 2013. The high school smoking rate has declined by 31 percent in just two years and by 70 percent since peaking at 36.4 percent in 1997.

    PRESS RELEASE | Jun 9, 2016
  • New Study on Effectiveness of Graphic Cigarette Warnings Should Prompt FDA to Quickly Require Them

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new study published today by the journal JAMA Internal Medicine provides compelling new evidence that large, graphic cigarette warnings are more effective than text-only warnings at motivating smokers to try to quit. It provides yet another reason why the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should act quickly to develop and require graphic warnings covering the top 50 percent of the front and back of cigarette packs in the United States, as required by a 2009 federal law, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

    PRESS RELEASE | Jun 6, 2016
  • White House Missed Opportunity to Protect Kids by Deleting Provision to Remove Flavored E-Cigarettes and Cigars from the Market

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – On May 5, the Obama Administration issued a long-awaited rule extending Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight to all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes and cigars. On May 27, the Administration published a “redline” version of the rule showing changes made by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) after the FDA submitted the rule to OMB for final review. In a key change, OMB deleted a provision that would have removed flavored e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah and other newly regulated products from the market by November 2016. This provision would have included menthol-flavored products.

    PRESS RELEASE | May 31, 2016


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

  • 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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