• Study Finds Many Youth E-Cigarette Users Say They’re Inhaling “Just Flavoring;” It Does Not Indicate How Many Are Also Inhaling Nicotine

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – A study published today in the journal Tobacco Control finds that about two-thirds of youth who had ever used electronic cigarettes or other vaporizers responded “just flavoring” when asked to choose only one reply from the choices “Nicotine,” “Marijuana or hash oil,” “Just flavoring,” “Other” or “Don’t know” to the question, “THE LAST TIME you used an electronic vaporizer such as an e-cigarette, what was in the mist you inhaled?” From 13 to 22 percent of these youth responded “nicotine” was in the mist they inhaled (percentages varied by grade). Youth who used e-cigarettes more frequently were much more likely to say they inhaled nicotine, with 47.5 percent of 12th graders who used vaporizers six or more times in the past 30 days saying they inhaled nicotine. The study is based on a single question from the 2015 Monitoring the Future survey of 8th, 10th and 12th graders.

    PRESS RELEASE | Aug 25, 2016
  • New Study Finds Cigarettes Are Cheaper in Pharmacies, Undermining Health; Drug Stores Should Follow CVS’s Lead and End Tobacco Sales

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new study published today in the American Journal of Public Health finds that cigarettes – both Marlboro and discount brands – are cheaper in pharmacies than in other types of stores.

    This study provides another compelling reason for pharmacies to follow the lead of CVS Health and end the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products. There is a fundamental conflict between pharmacies’ stated commitment to promoting health and the sale of products that kill nearly half a million Americans each year. It’s even worse when pharmacies sell cigarettes at cheap prices that entice young people and undermine smokers’ efforts to quit. As the researchers note, this study indicates that ending the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies could eliminate an important source of cheap cigarettes.

    PRESS RELEASE | Aug 24, 2016
  • NEJM Analysis: U.S. Smoking Rate Fell Much Faster Under Obama Administration, Would Reach Zero by 2035 if Recent Progress Continues

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – An analysis published today in The New England Journal of Medicine finds that the adult smoking rate in the United States has fallen much faster under the Obama Administration than under the previous two administrations and would fall to zero by around 2035 if this accelerated rate of decline continues.

    PRESS RELEASE | Aug 17, 2016
  • Michael Bloomberg Is Uniquely Qualified to Serve as WHO Global Ambassador for Non-Communicable Diseases

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The World Health Organization has made an inspired choice in appointing Michael R. Bloomberg as the WHO Global Ambassador for Non-Communicable Diseases. No one is more qualified and committed than Mayor Bloomberg to lead the global fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, cancer, chronic lung disease and diabetes, which are the world’s biggest killers and place an ever-growing burden on low- and middle-income countries.

    PRESS RELEASE | Aug 17, 2016
  • Ten Years Ago, a Federal Judge Found Tobacco Companies Lied to the American People; They’re Still Fighting Order to Publish Corrective Statements

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ten years ago, on Aug. 17, 2006, U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler issued a landmark judgment that the major U.S. tobacco companies had violated civil racketeering laws and defrauded the American people by lying for decades about the health risks of smoking and their marketing to children. In a 1,683-page opinion, Judge Kessler detailed like never before how the tobacco companies “have marketed and sold their lethal products with zeal, with deception, with a single-minded focus on their financial success, and without regard for the human tragedy or social costs that success exacted.” Importantly, Judge Kessler concluded, “The evidence in this case clearly establishes that Defendants have not ceased engaging in unlawful activity.”

    PRESS RELEASE | Aug 16, 2016
  • FDA’s New Rule for E-Cigarettes, Cigars Takes Effect Today; Congress Must Reject Proposals to Weaken Agency’s Oversight

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    WASHINGTON, DC – The Food and Drug Administration’s long-overdue rule to protect kids and public health from electronic cigarettes, cigars, hookah and other previously unregulated tobacco products takes effect today. This rule is necessary to address the skyrocketing use of e-cigarettes among youth and prevent kids from using any tobacco product.

    As the FDA takes this important step, it is critical that Congress reject efforts to weaken the FDA’s rule, including the two provisions that were included in the House appropriations bill that funds the FDA.

    PRESS RELEASE | Aug 8, 2016
  • Ann Arbor Acts to Protect Kids, Save Lives by Raising Tobacco Age to 21

    The Ann Arbor City Council on Thursday took bold action to protect kids from tobacco addiction and save lives by voting to prohibit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under age 21. As the first city in Michigan to raise the tobacco age to 21, Ann Arbor is providing strong leadership in the fight against tobacco – the No. 1 cause of preventable death – and setting a terrific example for the entire state and the nation. We urge other Michigan cities to take similar action to prevent young people from using tobacco, save lives and help make the next generation tobacco-free.

    PRESS RELEASE | Aug 5, 2016
  • 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

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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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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