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.

Latest Updates

December 12, 2022
California

A statement from Lisa Lacasse, president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) in response to Justice Kagan’s denial of the tobacco industry’s request for a stay on the California law to end the sale of menthol cigarettes and most other flavored tobacco products.

November 15, 2022
National

Washington, D,C. – The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and its partners submitted an amicus curiae (or friend-of-the-court) brief today in support of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s marketing denial order (MDO) for Logic Technology Development’s menthol flavored e-cigarettes. Logic’s menthol e-cigarette is the first menthol-flavored

November 10, 2022
National

New data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) finds more than 3 million youth report current use (past 30 days) of any tobacco product in 2022.

November 9, 2022
California, South Dakota

Voters in South Dakota and California made it clear on Tuesday that public health is a priority in their states.

Regulation and Products Resources

The U.S. Surgeon General 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.

The tobacco industry has a long history of misleading the public on the harms of its products.  One of the most critical provisions of the TCA requires tobacco companies to receive a marketing order to prove the truthfulness of any claims that their product is “modified risk.”

Flavors are a marketing weapon the tobacco manufacturers use to target youth and young people to a lifetime of addiction. Altering tobacco product ingredients and design, like adding flavors, can improve the ease of use of a product by masking harsh effects, facilitating nicotine uptake, and increasing a product’s overall appeal.