The citizens of California voted to ban the sale of most flavored tobacco products in a ballot initiative on November 9, 2022. The tobacco industry attempted to get an emergency stay of the law by petitioning the US Supreme Court in the case of RJ Reynolds v. Bonta.
After the massive Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between states and the tobacco industry regarding fraud associated with the sale and marketing of cigarettes, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) decided to file a similar lawsuit against the tobacco industry.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been issuing marketing denial orders (MDOs) for certain flavored e-cigarette products in accordance with Family Smoking and Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (TCA).
ACS CAN supports banning menthol flavor in tobacco products as part of a comprehensive flavor ban. Support of this ban included filing a citizens' petition at the FDA with other health groups in 2013, and supplementing that petition with updated scientific data in January of 2021.
ACS CAN and the American Cancer Society are helping defend the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s final rule requiring graphic warnings on cigarette packages and advertisements by filing amicus curiae briefs in parallel federal lawsuits challenging the rule.
On September 5, 2018, a federal judge ruled in favor of ACS, ACS CAN and other public health groups that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must expedite a rule requiring graphic warnings on cigarette packages and advertisements.
San Francisco passed an ordinance requiring advertisers of sugar-sweetened beverages to place a warning on specific types of advertisements stating that the product "contributes" to obesity and diabetes.
ACS CAN and other tobacco control groups urged the US Attorney General to ensure that attorneys who worked for the tobacco industry and have now moved to the Department of Justice observe conflict of interest standards and recuse those lawyers from government litigation in related cases.
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (the ÛÏDC CircuitÛ) will be deciding an important case regarding the authority government agencies have to require accurate disclosures on foods and other regulated products, such as tobacco.
The City of Providence passed new tobacco control ordinances in 2012. These ordinances moved tobacco control forward in two different ways: 1) the "price ordinance" bans all licensed vendors of tobacco products from accepting or redeeming any coupons that result in a discounted tobacco price; and 2) the "flavor ordinance" bans the sale of any flavored tobacco products except for menthol outside of a tobacco bar.