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 | Apr 21, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Today the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance to prohibit use of all tobacco products – including smokeless tobacco – at all baseball venues and athletic fields within the city and county of San Francisco, including by fans and players at AT&T Park. San Francisco is the first jurisdiction in the nation to approve such a measure. The Board of Supervisors is expected to take a final vote on the ordinance on April 28 before it goes to Mayor Ed Lee for his signature. It would take effect January 1, 2016.

PRESS RELEASE | Apr 13, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – A new poll shows San Francisco voters strongly support a proposal before the Board of Supervisors to prohibit the use of all tobacco products – including chewing and spit tobacco – at all baseball venues within the city.

The measure aims to set the right example for kids by sending a simple and powerful message as the 2015 season gets underway: baseball and tobacco don’t mix.

The poll, released the day of the home opener for the World Champion Giants, showed that by more than a 2-1 ratio – 63 percent to 29 percent – San Francisco voters support the proposed ordinance.

It would prohibit tobacco use by fans and players, including professionals, at all baseball venues and other athletic fields in the city of San Francisco.

PRESS RELEASE | Apr 10, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee had no choice but to recommend rejection of Swedish Match's application because it did not answer the basic question of whether, if it were allowed to make the claim of lower risk, smokers would switch from cigarettes to snus or use both products at the same time.  A properly prepared application could well have received a different result, but the flaws in the application were so blatant that they made it impossible for the advisory committee to rule in their favor.

PRESS RELEASE | Mar 30, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – In troubling news for our nation’s kids and health, the Federal Trade Commission’s latest reports on tobacco marketing show that cigarette marketing expenditures increased by nearly 10 percent, to $9.17 billion, in 2012. Adding $435.7 million in smokeless tobacco marketing, the tobacco companies spent a total of $9.6 billion to market cigarettes and smokeless tobacco – that’s $26 million each day and more than $1 million every hour. The cigarette marketing increase was driven by a sharp rise in spending on price discounts, which now account for 85 percent of all cigarette marketing.

PRESS RELEASE | Mar 2, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – A new study published today finds that Internet vendors of electronic cigarettes do little to prevent youth from purchasing their products and teens can easily buy e-cigarettes online despite claims that online vendors verify customer age. The study, conducted in North Carolina, found that only five out of 98 attempts by teens to buy e-cigarettes online were blocked by online vendors’ attempts to verify customer age.