• New Jersey Raises Tobacco Age to 21 – It Will Protect Kids, Save Lives

    WASHINGTON, D.C. / NEW JERSEY – With Gov. Chris Christie signing the bill into law today, New Jersey has joined the growing list of states and communities prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 21. In taking this bold step, New Jersey will prevent young people from starting to use tobacco, save lives and help make the next generation tobacco-free.

    PRESS RELEASE | Jul 21, 2017
  • House Appropriations Committee Cuts Funding for CDC’s Life-Saving Tobacco Control Programs

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – For the second week in a row, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee has approved legislation that jeopardizes our nation’s progress in reducing tobacco use and puts the tobacco industry’s interests before America’s kids and health.

    PRESS RELEASE | Jul 20, 2017
  • WHO Report Shows Global Progress in Fighting Tobacco Use, but Countries Must Do More to Save Lives

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – A report card on the global fight against tobacco use, issued today by the World Health Organization (WHO), shows that while a growing number of countries are making important progress, there is still much more work to do to stand up to the tobacco industry and stop tobacco from killing one billion people worldwide this century.

    PRESS RELEASE | Jul 19, 2017
  • Reuters Exposes Massive Philip Morris Scheme to Fight Global Tobacco Control Efforts – Shows Company’s Claimed Commitment to a “Smoke-Free Future” is a Sham

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – An investigative report published today by Reuters reveals a massive, secretive campaign by tobacco giant Philip Morris International to undermine the global tobacco control treaty, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and fight countries’ efforts to implement the life-saving measures called for by the treaty.

    PRESS RELEASE | Jul 13, 2017
  • House Appropriations Bill Helps Tobacco Companies Target Kids with Candy-Flavored E-Cigarettes and Cigars

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Once again protecting the tobacco industry at the expense of America’s kids, the House Appropriations Committee today approved a bill with two provisions that would help tobacco companies market candy-flavored electronic cigarettes and cigars to children. These special-interest provisions would greatly weaken Food and Drug Administration oversight of e-cigarettes and cigars now on the market and completely exempt some cigars from FDA oversight. These provisions would make it much harder for the FDA to protect kids from the huge assortment of candy-flavored e-cigarettes and cigars introduced in recent years, or address other health risks posed by e-cigarettes and cigars.

    PRESS RELEASE | Jul 12, 2017
  • Oregon Will Be Third State to Raise Tobacco Age to 21

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Oregon Legislature has taken bold action to protect kids from tobacco addiction and save lives by voting to prohibit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 21. Lawmakers gave final approval to the bill Thursday, and Gov. Kate Brown has indicated she will sign it into law. Her signature will make Oregon the third state in the nation to raise the tobacco age to 21, joining California and Hawaii. 

    The Oregon vote provides a big boost for the growing, nationwide movement to increase the tobacco age to 21 to prevent kids from using tobacco, save lives and make the next generation tobacco-free.

    PRESS RELEASE | Jul 7, 2017
  • Gov. Christie Should Sign Tobacco Prevention Measures That Will Protect Kids and Save Lives

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – New Jersey has the opportunity to step up in the fight against tobacco use – if Gov. Chris Christie sides with kids over the tobacco industry. The Legislature has passed two bills that will help New Jersey combat tobacco use. One bill would prohibit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21; the second measure provides $7 million to the state’s tobacco prevention and cessation program (New Jersey currently allocates no state funds). Gov. Christie should sign these bills into law promptly and leave a legacy of better health for New Jersey.

    PRESS RELEASE | Jun 23, 2017
  • Senate Health Care Bill Harms Efforts to Reduce Smoking and Prevent Deadly, Costly Diseases

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate health care bill released today would set back efforts to reduce tobacco use – the nation’s No. 1 cause of preventable death – and undermine initiatives to prevent cancer and other deadly diseases that impose massive costs on our health care system. It would especially harm our nation’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens, who smoke at the highest rates and need more help in quitting smoking.

    PRESS RELEASE | Jun 22, 2017
  • San Francisco Board Votes to End Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products, Including Menthol Cigarettes

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    UPDATE: The San Francisco Board of Supervisors gave final approval to the legislation on June 27, 2017, sending it to Mayor Ed Lee for his signature.

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The San Francisco Board of Supervisors today acted to stop tobacco companies from targeting kids and other vulnerable populations by voting to prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes. This bold action will crack down on a key tactic tobacco companies use to entice kids into a lifetime of tobacco addiction.

    PRESS RELEASE | Jun 20, 2017
  • Health Leaders Urge Michigan Lawmakers to Raise Tobacco Age to 21 After Court Ruling Stops Implementation of Local Law in Genesee County

    WASHINGTON, D.C./LIVONIA, MICH. – We are very disappointed that a Michigan circuit court today prevented the implementation of Genesee County’s law prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. Such laws are life-saving and contribute to healthier individuals, families and communities. The court today halted implementation of the law until it can hold a full hearing on the issue. We urge the county to continue to push for its right to enact this law. It is also critical that the Michigan Legislature act quickly to pass a statewide law raising the tobacco age to 21.

    PRESS RELEASE | Jun 19, 2017

U.S. FEDERAL ISSUES

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

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U.S. STATE AND LOCAL ISSUES

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

INTERNATIONAL 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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Explore tobacco-control laws and litigation from around the world.

 

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

 

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TOBACCO INDUSTRY WATCH

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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