• 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


    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
  • New U.S. Survey Shows Broad Declines in Youth Tobacco Use, Including E-Cigarettes


    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The government’s 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey released today provides good news across the board about the nation’s fight to protect kids from tobacco use – the leading cause of preventable death. It shows that cigarette smoking among high school students fell to a record-low 8 percent in 2016, youth use of electronic cigarettes declined for the first time after skyrocketing in recent years, and the percentage of high school students using any tobacco product dropped from 25.3 percent in 2015 to 20.2 percent in 2016 (a 20 percent decline).

    PRESS RELEASE | Jun 15, 2017
  • Study: Tobacco Companies Are Marketing Flavored Cigarettes to Appeal to Children in Latin America; Countries Must Act to Protect Kids

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Multinational tobacco companies are marketing a new generation of highly flavored tobacco products, like menthol, mint and fruit, that appeal to kids throughout Latin America. In many cases they are selling them near schools, according to a new study released today by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. While total cigarette sales are declining in Latin America, sales of flavored cigarettes are climbing. Most of the flavored cigarettes observed are sold by large, multinational tobacco companies such as Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco and Japan Tobacco International.

    PRESS RELEASE | Jun 15, 2017
  • India Dramatically Reduces Tobacco Use, Showing Strong Public Health Laws Save Lives

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – India has reduced tobacco use among adults by 17 percent since 2010. As a result there are over 8 million fewer tobacco users today than there were just seven years ago despite the growth in the Indian population, according to new data released last week by the Indian government. The percentage of adults using tobacco in India fell from 34.6 percent in 2009-10 to 28.6 percent in 2016-17. The dramatic decline in tobacco use is highlighted in India’s second Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) and confirms that India’s package of public health laws are working to reduce tobacco use and save lives.

    PRESS RELEASE | Jun 12, 2017
  • India Acts to Save Lives by Taxing Cigarettes, Bidis at Highest Rate


    In a historic move to save lives and protect public health, the Indian government has announced that it will tax cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and cheap, hand-rolled cigarettes called “bidis” at the highest rate of 28 percent under a new Goods and Services Tax (GST) structure.

    India’s new tobacco tax rate is a critical step forward in a country with 275 million tobacco users – the second most in the world after China. It will encourage current tobacco users to quit, prevent potential tobacco users – especially young people – from starting and help reduce the one million deaths tobacco use causes in India each year. 

  • Oklahoma Cigarette Price Increase is a Big Win for Kids and Health

    WASHINGTON, DC – The $1.50-per-pack increase in the price of cigarettes that Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law today is truly a win-win-win solution for Oklahoma. It’s a health win that will reduce tobacco use and save lives, a financial win that will help raise revenue and fund state health initiatives, and a political win that polls show is popular with voters. We applaud Gov. Fallin and legislative champions for siding with kids over the tobacco industry in supporting a significant increase in cigarette prices.

    PRESS RELEASE | Jun 1, 2017
  • World No Tobacco Day Highlights Health and Economic Benefits of Reducing Tobacco Use

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today countries around the globe will mark World No Tobacco Day, held annually by the World Health Organization (WHO) to encourage strong action to reduce tobacco use – the world's leading cause of preventable death. This year, World No Tobacco Day is focusing attention not only on tobacco's devastating toll in lives and health, but also how tobacco use threatens economic development and countries' ability to achieve sustainable development goals.

    PRESS RELEASE | May 31, 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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