Regulation and Products


In 2009, we won a hard-fought campaign that led to Congress passing a law granting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate all tobacco products, including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars and hookah. Yet, it took the FDA seven years to begin their oversight of many of these products with much more work left to be done. 

Recent spikes in the use of e-cigarettes makes clear that more must be done to regulate tobacco products and the industry's deceptive marketing practices.  We are working to ensure the government fully leverages the regulatory power it now possesses to protect children and adults. 

Tobacco use costs our nation nearly $300 billion in health care and productivity losses each year.

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Latest Updates

February 6, 2018
South Dakota

Five hundred kids become new daily smokers in South Dakota every year. That means every day tobacco finds its way to children in our state. Every day, a child starts a lifetime of deadly addiction that increases their risk for cancer, heart disease, a host of debilitating conditions and early

January 26, 2018
New Hampshire, New Hampshire

CONCORD — Dozens of cancer patients, survivors and their families from throughout New Hampshire are expected to gather at the State House next week to ask legislators to protect youth from the dangers... Read more: Eagle Times - Cancer survivors, others want to hike age for tobacco sales

November 15, 2017
New Hampshire

The ads put it bluntly: Smoking kills, on average, 1,200 Americans a day - more than murder, AIDS, suicide, drugs, car crashes and alcohol combined. And "low tar" and "light" cigarettes are just as harmful, they state... Read more: Union Leader - Big Tobacco fesses up with landmark ads

August 22, 2017
Maine, New Jersey, Oregon

In less than a month, three states – Maine , New Jersey and Oregon – have enacted laws that prohibit the selling of cigarettes and other tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. Smoking rates have declined in recent years, but the use

Regulation and Products Resources

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (TCA) – signed into law by President Obama in 2009 - granted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate the manufacture, marketing, and sale of tobacco products. Prior to the law, tobacco products were largely unregulated outside of required warning labels and limited restrictions on advertising.

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act) – signed into law by President Obama in 2009 - grants the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, with its partners, provided comments to the Food and Drug Administration on the need for regulation of waterpipes (or hookahs).