Tobacco Control Issues

Food & Drug Administration

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the federal agency responsible for making sure that foods, drugs, and many other products – but not tobacco – are safe and effective and presented to consumers honestly.

The U.S. Congress passed The Family Smoking Prevention & Tobacco Control Act on June 11, 2009 and it was signed into law by President Obama on June 22, 2009.  This is historic legislation that grants the FDA authority to regulate tobacco products.

Watch President Obama sign The Family Smoking Prevention & Tobacco Control Act into law:

The Family Smoking Prevention & Tobacco Control Act ensures that:

  • tobacco products feature meaningful warning labels;
  • advertising would not target children;
  • tobacco sales to children would drop dramatically;
  • special flavorings, such as candy and fruit, would be prohibited;
  • tobacco companies would have to reduce the harmful chemicals in tobacco products to make them less addictive;
  • words like “light,” “mild,” and “low-tar” would be banned from tobacco packages; and
  • all ingredients and associated health consequences would have to be listed on tobacco packages.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention