Tobacco Industry Watch

Tobacco's terrible toll in the United States and around the world is no accident. It stems directly from the tobacco industry's insidious and even illegal practices. For decades, the tobacco industry has marketed its deadly and addictive products to children, deceived the public about the devastating consequences of tobacco use and fought proven measures that reduce tobacco use and save lives. Read more.


Industry Watch Features

Global Epidemic: Big Tobacco targets new customers around the world.

Not Your Grandfather's Cigars: A new generation of cheap and sweet cigars threatens a new generation of kids.

Guilty as Charged: U.S. judge rules tobacco companies engaged in deadly fraud.


Latest Industry Watch Updates

PRESS RELEASE | Sep 15, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – It is truly absurd that tobacco giant Reynolds American and former House Speaker John Boehner, who was elected to Reynolds’ board of directors today, would express a commitment to "speeding the decline in tobacco use among young people." Their records show the exact opposite. Reynolds’ announcement pairs the tobacco company with the most egregious record of marketing to kids and a politician with a long record of fighting policies to reduce youth tobacco use.

PRESS RELEASE | May 26, 2016
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Baseball legend Tony Gwynn was one of the game’s most respected figures on and off the field. His death in 2014 after a long battle with cancer remains a lesson to all about the horrible dangers of smokeless tobacco use.

The wrongful-death lawsuit filed by his family this week provides another public service. It is a powerful reminder of how the tobacco industry has long targeted kids, athletes, African Americans and other groups with shameful marketing tactics that lured many into a deadly addiction. Tony Gwynn’s death and this lawsuit provide a clarion call to Major League Baseball (MLB) and the MLB Players Association to take tobacco out of the game once and for all. 

PRESS RELEASE | May 5, 2016
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WASHINGTON, DC – The Obama Administration today has taken a critical first step – but only a first step – to protect America’s kids from a new generation of tobacco products by issuing a long-overdue rule establishing FDA oversight of electronic cigarettes, cigars, hookah and other previously unregulated tobacco products.

PRESS RELEASE | May 4, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC – In landmark victories for global health and major defeats for the tobacco industry, high courts in India and the European Union today upheld strong measures to reduce tobacco use, including requirements for large, graphic health warnings on tobacco products and, in the EU, a ban on flavored tobacco products, including menthol, and authority for countries to adopt standardized plain packages. Together, these rulings provide a powerful boost to worldwide efforts to combat a tobacco epidemic that will otherwise kill one billion people this century. They also represent a resounding rejection of the tobacco industry’s scorched-earth tactics that put profits before lives.

PRESS RELEASE | Apr 25, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC – As we mark exactly two years today since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a proposed rule to begin regulating electronic cigarettes, a new study of e-cigarette advertising underscores the urgent need for the White House to issue a final rule – and shows how every day of delay further endangers the health of our children.