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

February 13, 2019
Virginia

The Richmond Times Dispatch printed a letter to the editor that was submitted by ACS CAN Volunteer Mary Baker. Her letter states that "all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, should be regulated in the same manner, in the same place in the code, and in accordance with evidence-based best practices."

February 6, 2019
Colorado

DENVER, Colo.—The Colorado House of Representatives today passed legislation that would provide local governments the ability to regulate all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, in their own communities. The bill now moves to the Senate. If signed into law, House Bill 1033 will allow communities to make their own public health

January 23, 2019
Virginia

The Richmond Times Dispatch printed an opEd written by Brian Donohue, director of government relations in Virginia, that addresses ACS CAN's concerns with the recently proposed state legislation that would increase the age to buy tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21. Read the opEd in its entirety at:

November 21, 2018
National

Minty-flavored and “easier” to smoke, menthol cigarettes have long been marketed to African Americans and have appealed to new smokers and teens. But, thanks to a proposal last week by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to end to the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars those products will

Regulation and Products Resources

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network provided comments to the Food and Drug Administration on the proposed clarification of when products made or derived from tobacco are to be regulated as drugs, devices, or combination products under the authority of the Center for Drug Evaluation

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, with its partners, provided comments to the Food and Drug Administration urging rulemaking for child-resistant packaging and nicotine exposure warnings on liquid nicotine products.

Electronic tobacco products, or e-cigarettes, commonly refer to the category of battery-operated products that are designed to deliver a heated aerosol containing nicotine and other chemicals to the user.