Regulation and Products

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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

July 21, 2021
District Of Columbia

Washington, DC Mayor Bowser has signed legislation that prohibits the sale of some flavored tobacco products. ACS CAN appauds Mayor Bowser and asks a comprehensive approach.

April 29, 2021

WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that it will prohibit menthol cigarettes and all flavors in cigars. Ending menthol flavoring in cigarettes and all flavors in cigars is a long overdue step forward in reducing youth tobacco initiation, helping adults quit and reducing tobacco-related

April 23, 2021
Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH – The unpredictable and dynamic nature of COVID-19 is no match for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s (ACS CAN) volunteers’ steadfast commitment. When the elevated risk for those with compromised immune systems became a roadblock for the annual Cancer Action Day, cancer patients, survivors and

December 17, 2020
National

A new survey released today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finds overall tobacco use among middle and high school students has declined from 2019-2020. However, cigarette use did not decline.

Regulation and Products Resources

Menthol in cigarettes increases smoking initiation, decreases successful quitting, and leads to greater addiction. The tobacco industry has used menthol for decades to intentionally and aggressively target certain communities for addiction to their deadly products. As a result, African Americans consistently report the highest prevalence of menthol cigarette use.

ACS CAN supports a federal prohibition and state and local sales restrictions on menthol cigarettes as part of comprehensive policy to remove all flavored tobacco products.

The U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), U.S. Surgeon General, and Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have all declared youth e-cigarette use to be an epidemic. E-cigarettes are the most used tobacco product among youth and, like any tobacco product, are unsafe. E-cigarette use is also most common among younger adults. Action is urgently needed to reverse these dangerous trends.

Cigars pose a real danger to the long-term health of all Americans – and to young people especially – yet government regulation of cigars lags behind that of cigarettes and e-cigarettes.