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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Oppose efforts to weaken government oversight of tobacco products

Ask Congress to oppose efforts to weaken the FDA's oversight authority over all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, cigars and hookahs.

Latest Updates

February 13, 2017

Rep. Jeffrey Mursau (R-Crivitz), Rep. Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) and Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) introduced legislation last week to ensure “other tobacco products,” such as cigars and e-cigarettes, are not given preferential treatment over cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.

February 10, 2017

ACS CAN volunteers testify in front of Senate Committee about why raising the age of sale in Oregon matters.

February 10, 2017

Advocates, health professionals, and law makers kick off Tobacco 21 campaign on the first day of session, February 1st.

February 1, 2017

Oregon lawmakers propose upping tobacco age to 21

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).