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

Latest Updates

September 11, 2019

the Trump administration announced its intention to finalize compliance policy through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), that would prohibit most flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol-flavored products, from being on the market.

September 11, 2019

Washington Representative Paul Harris received the National Distinguished Advocacy Award this week, the most prestigious award presented by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), in recognition of his dedication to championing tobacco control legislation to protect future generations from the dangers of tobacco use.

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June 27, 2019

It’s been ten years since the FDA was given the mandate from Congress to fully regulate the tobacco industry and tasked with the critical responsibility of protecting the health of our nation. And still, the FDA has not fulfilled its mission to reduce the deadly toll of tobacco use.

June 26, 2019

Today the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will markup legislation aimed at helping reduce patients’ out-of-pocket health care costs and improving public health. The Lower Health Care Costs Act would exempt patients from having to pay surprise medical bills in most circumstances.

Regulation and Products Resources

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network strongly supports the Food and Drug Administration proposed rule to deem all tobacco products subject to its authority with additional recommendations to further protect public health.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, with its partners, provided comments to the Food and Drug Administration on the proposal to deem all tobacco products under its authority as provided by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

On April 24, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its proposed rule to deem other tobacco products under its authority and the Family Smoking Protection and Tobacco Control Act.