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Oversight & Regulation of Tobacco Products

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. killing close to half a million people each year.  The American Lung Association believes it is critical that the federal government has strong oversight authority over the manufacturing, sales and marketing of all tobacco products to help reduce this deadly toll and protect public health.

In 2009, we achieved a major victory when the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act was signed into law giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate tobacco products.  FDA established the Center for Tobacco Products to implement the law.

The hard work now comes with implementing the law.  Important work remains to be done, including FDA regulating all tobacco products.  The 2009 law gave FDA immediate authority over cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products and in 2016, FDA asserted its authority over all  other tobacco products, including cigars, e-cigarettes, little cigars, hookah and pipe tobacco.

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