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 13, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Philip Morris International – the world’s largest non-governmental cigarette manufacturer – has announced that it is establishing a Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, with funding of $80 million per year over the next 12 years.

Philip Morris has a long history of deceiving the public and doing whatever it takes to sell cigarettes. This is not the first time Philip Morris has announced that it is funding “independent” research, nor is it the first time it has claimed to support “independent” researchers. Each of its past efforts have been nothing more than a smokescreen to divert attention from its marketing practices, the harm its products cause and the strong scientific consensus that already existed – both about the harm of its products and the scientifically proven ways to reduce tobacco use.  There is no reason to believe that this announcement is any different.

PRESS RELEASE | Sep 12, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) today announced that it would bar tobacco companies and any other organization that derives revenue from the production or manufacturing of tobacco products from participating in the initiative. Today’s announcement from the UNGC is a positive step for global public health because it prevents tobacco companies from burnishing their public image through association with credible organizations like the United Nations.

PRESS RELEASE | Apr 21, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – New disclosure documents filed this week show the big tobacco companies are spending huge sums and hiring an army of lobbyists to influence Congress and the Trump Administration, including giving $1.5 million to President Trump’s inauguration.

PRESS RELEASE | Mar 27, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Four leading public health groups today urged the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to recuse any lawyers who previously represented tobacco companies from any tobacco-related litigation while serving in the government. The letter specifically expresses concerns about Noel Francisco, the nominee for Solicitor General, and Chad Readler, currently Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division, both of whom represented R.J. Reynolds in lawsuits against the government while they were partners at the law firm Jones Day.

PRESS RELEASE | Mar 2, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – Truth Initiative and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids today criticized as wholly inadequate an agreement reached between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, the makers of Natural American Spirit cigarettes, that permits the company to continue using deceptive health-related claims and imagery that contribute to the widespread misperception these cigarettes are less dangerous. While the January 19, 2017, agreement requires the company to remove the terms “additive-free” and “natural” from its product labels, advertising and promotional materials, it would be permitted to continue to use “Natural” as part of its brand name. It also includes a path to use the statement “Tobacco Ingredients: Tobacco and Water,” which would continue the deception that because of the lack of additives, these products are safer than other cigarettes. The agreement also fails to address the use of “organic,” another misleading term.