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 | Feb 5, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC (February 5, 2016) – Add New York to the growing list of cities trying to get tobacco out of baseball once and for all. Council Member Corey Johnson, chair of the council’s Health Committee, today introduced legislation to prohibit the use of all tobacco products – including smokeless tobacco like chew, dip and snuff – at all ticketed sporting events within the city. The measure would cover Yankee Stadium and Citi Field.

PRESS RELEASE | Jan 26, 2016
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LOS ANGELES, CA (Jan. 26, 2016) – The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously today (14-0) to approve an ordinance outlawing the use of smokeless tobacco products at all baseball fields and other athletic venues in the City of Los Angeles, both to set the right example for America’s youth and for the health of the players. The Los Angeles Dodgers have publicly supported the City Council’s efforts to eliminate smokeless tobacco use, and the new ordinance will be in effect before the 2016 baseball season gets underway at Dodger Stadium, where the ban covers players, team staff, personnel and fans alike.

TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Nov 4, 2015
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A new report documents how the tobacco industry is breaking laws and exploiting loopholes to target kids with deadly tobacco products in 14 countries across Latin America. According to the report, the tobacco industry is using a variety of marketing tactics – some illegal – to target youth at shops, kiosks and other places where tobacco is sold to consumers.

TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Oct 15, 2015
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This summer, an investigative series by The New York Times exposed how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has worked systematically in countries around the world to fight life-saving policies to reduce tobacco use. The Chamber’s strategies have included directly opposing countries’ tobacco control policies, pitting countries against each other in costly international trade disputes, and seeking to influence trade agreements to benefit tobacco companies.

PRESS RELEASE | Oct 9, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – It is absurd that tobacco giants Philip Morris International and Altria are complaining the tobacco industry is being "singled out" because the new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement prevents them from using the TPP to attack life-saving measures to reduce tobacco use.