• Philippines’ Dramatic Drop in Tobacco Use Shows Tobacco Control Efforts Are Working and Must Remain a Priority

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The government of the Philippines today reported that adult tobacco use has dropped by nearly 20 percent – from 29.7 percent in 2009 to 23.8 percent in 2015. The dramatic decline, highlighted in the Philippines’ second Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), confirms that strong measures the government has taken to prevent and reduce tobacco use are working.

    PRESS RELEASE | Mar 20, 2017
  • Booming Market of Candy-Flavored E-Cigarettes and Cigars Threatens to Hook a New Generation of Kids, New Report Warns


    WASHINGTON, D.C. – As fewer kids smoke traditional cigarettes, tobacco companies are enticing them with a booming market of sweet-flavored tobacco products, especially electronic cigarettes and cigars, according to a report issued today by five leading public health organizations. 

    The report warns that these candy- and fruit-flavored products are putting a new generation of kids at risk of nicotine addiction and the serious health harms that result from tobacco use. It calls on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prohibit all flavored tobacco products and urges Congress to reject legislation that would weaken the FDA’s authority, especially over e-cigarettes and cigars.

    PRESS RELEASE | Mar 15, 2017
  • FDA/Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Agreement Fails to Protect the Public from Misleading Claims and Imagery on Natural American Spirit Cigarettes

    WASHINGTON, DC – Truth Initiative and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids today criticized as wholly inadequate an agreement reached between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, the makers of Natural American Spirit cigarettes, that permits the company to continue using deceptive health-related claims and imagery that contribute to the widespread misperception these cigarettes are less dangerous. While the January 19, 2017, agreement requires the company to remove the terms “additive-free” and “natural” from its product labels, advertising and promotional materials, it would be permitted to continue to use “Natural” as part of its brand name. It also includes a path to use the statement “Tobacco Ingredients: Tobacco and Water,” which would continue the deception that because of the lack of additives, these products are safer than other cigarettes. The agreement also fails to address the use of “organic,” another misleading term.

    PRESS RELEASE | Mar 2, 2017
  • New Study Finds Smoking Rate Twice as High for Adults in Federally Assisted Housing, Highlighting Importance of Smoke-Free Public Housing Rule


    WASHINGTON, D.C. – One-third (33.6 percent) of adults living in federally assisted housing smoke, which is nearly double the smoking rate of the general adult population, according to a study published in the journal Preventive Medicine. Compared to non-smokers, these smokers were more likely to report poorer overall health and adverse health outcomes such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, more than one emergency room visit in the past year and at least 10 days of missed work in the past year, the study found. Just over half (51.4 percent) of current smokers in federally assisted housing had children age 17 or younger in the household.

    PRESS RELEASE | Mar 2, 2017
  • Kenya’s Court of Appeal Rejects British American Tobacco Suit, Upholds Tobacco Control Regulations

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kenya’s Court of Appeal in Nairobi today upheld the country’s 2014 Tobacco Control Regulations, affirming a lower court’s findings and rejecting legal challenges to the regulations from British American Tobacco (BAT) Kenya. The court’s decision is a resounding victory for public health and allows the government to move forward with implementing a law that will help protect Kenyans from the devastating consequences of tobacco use. As a party to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Kenya is legally obligated to implement evidence-based measures to reduce tobacco use.

    PRESS RELEASE | Feb 17, 2017
  • Trenton Acts to Protect Kids, Save Lives by Raising Tobacco Age to 21

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Trenton City Council took bold action today to protect kids from tobacco addiction and save lives by voting to raise the sale age of tobacco products in the city to 21. Trenton is providing strong leadership in the fight against tobacco – the No. 1 preventable cause of death – and setting a terrific example for New Jersey and the nation. Increasing the tobacco age to 21 will help prevent young people from using tobacco, save lives and help make the next generation tobacco-free.

    PRESS RELEASE | Feb 16, 2017
  • St. Louis City Board of Aldermen Approves Tobacco-Free Baseball – 14 of 30 MLB Stadiums Will Be Tobacco-Free in 2017 Season

    ST. LOUIS, MO. – The St. Louis City Board of Aldermen voted today to prohibit the use of smokeless tobacco products (like chew, dip and snuff) at the city’s sports venues, including Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals. Today’s action adds growing momentum to the national campaign to take tobacco out of baseball. It also sends a simple and powerful message to kids: baseball and tobacco don’t mix.

    PRESS RELEASE | Feb 3, 2017
  • FTC Urged to Consider Allegations of British American Tobacco Corruption Before Approving Proposed Merger with Reynolds American

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to oppose a proposed merger between British American Tobacco (BAT) and Reynolds American (RAI)  until allegations of corrupt and anti-competitive conduct by BAT in Africa are fully investigated.

    PRESS RELEASE | Feb 3, 2017
  • If Philip Morris Is Serious About a "Smoke-Free Future," It Should Stop Marketing Cigarettes, Fighting Efforts to Reduce Smoking

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Philip Morris International – the world’s largest non-governmental cigarette manufacturer – this week launched a new website that claims the company is committed to a "smoke-free future." As long as Philip Morris continues to do everything it can to fight proven policies and programs that reduce smoking and continues to aggressively market cigarettes around the world, often in ways that appeal to children, their claims do not deserve to be taken seriously.

    PRESS RELEASE | Jan 26, 2017
  • Tampa Bay Joins Growing List of Cities with Tobacco-Free Baseball – 13 of 30 MLB Stadiums Will Be Tobacco-Free in 2017 Season

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Adding momentum to the national campaign to take tobacco out of baseball, the St. Petersburg City Council voted today to prohibit the use of smokeless tobacco products (like chew, dip and snuff) at the city’s sports venues, including Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays. Today’s vote sends a simple and powerful message to kids: baseball and tobacco don’t mix.

    PRESS RELEASE | Jan 19, 2017


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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