• U.S. Authorities Urged to Investigate British American Tobacco for Allegations of Widespread Bribery and Corruption in Africa

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following new allegations about the conduct of British American Tobacco (BAT) in Africa –published today by The Guardian – the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is urging the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate BAT and its subsidiaries for possible violations of the anti-bribery and accounting provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Tobacco-Free Kids requested the investigation in a letter today to the two government agencies.

    PRESS RELEASE | Aug 18, 2017
  • New York City Passes Sweeping Package of Bills to Further Reduce Tobacco Use

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today New York City has again taken bold action to further reduce tobacco use, the No. 1 cause of preventable death in the United States. The New York City Council approved a sweeping package of legislation introduced in April by Mayor Bill de Blasio and members of the Council that will increase the price and reduce the availability of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

    PRESS RELEASE | Aug 9, 2017
  • Oregon Becomes Fifth State to Raise Tobacco Age to 21


    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon today became the fifth state to prohibit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 21 as Gov. Kate Brown signed the measure into law. The legislature approved the bill last month. In taking this bold step, Oregon will prevent young people from starting to use tobacco, save lives and help make the next generation tobacco-free. We applaud Gov. Brown and the lawmakers who supported this legislation for their strong leadership in fighting tobacco use, the No. 1 cause of preventable death in the United States.

    PRESS RELEASE | Aug 9, 2017
  • Maine Becomes Fourth State to Raise Tobacco Age to 21


    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Maine today became the fourth state to prohibit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 21 as the Legislature voted to override Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of the measure. In taking this bold step, Maine will prevent young people from starting to use tobacco, save lives and help make the next generation tobacco-free. We applaud Maine lawmakers for standing up to the tobacco industry and acting to protect the children and health of their state. The law covers all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, and prohibits tobacco sales to anyone under 21 as lawmakers rejected proposals to exempt members of the military.

    PRESS RELEASE | Aug 2, 2017
  • New FDA Agenda on Tobacco Has Great Potential to Save Lives, But Devil Is In the Details

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The sweeping tobacco regulatory agenda proposed today by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb represents a bold and comprehensive vision with the potential to accelerate progress in reducing tobacco use and the death and disease it causes in the United States. Critical to his vision is his recognition that the components of his proposal need to work together as “a package deal” – “it is really all or nothing,” as he put it.

    PRESS RELEASE | Jul 28, 2017
  • Senate Should Vote No On Health Care Bill – Proposal Would Take Away Health Coverage from Millions and Harm Efforts to Reduce Tobacco Use

    Washington, D.C. – This week, the U.S. Senate will debate and vote on proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act. While the Senate may consider several proposals, all of the proposals to date would take away health care coverage from tens of millions of Americans and greatly weaken disease prevention initiatives, including tobacco prevention and cessation programs. The Senate should vote no on these proposals that would do so much harm to the health and health care of our nation, especially to our poorest and most vulnerable citizens.

    PRESS RELEASE | Jul 25, 2017
  • Leading Health Organizations Seek to Intervene in Defense of FDA Rule on E-Cigarettes, Cigars

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Six leading public health organizations today asked federal courts to allow them to intervene in two lawsuits brought by the electronic cigarette and cigar industries against the Food and Drug Administration’s 2016 rule establishing public health oversight of e-cigarettes, cigars and other previously unregulated tobacco products.

    PRESS RELEASE | Jul 24, 2017
  • 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


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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Toll of Tobacco Around the World
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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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