Tobacco

Fact: low-income neighborhoods are more likely to have tobacco retailersTobacco is a preventable killer. APHA champions efforts to help Americans live tobacco-free, including laws that create smoke-free workplaces and policies that make it easier for smokers to quit.

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2019-2020 Advocacy on Tobacco
  • Health organization letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders in support of at least $240 million for the CDC Office on Smoking and Health in fiscal year 2021
  • Organizational letter signed by 69 health organizations urging the Food and Drug Administration to review the menthol Citizen Petition and pursue rulemaking on a menthol cigarette ban
  • Organizational letter to Congress in support of H.R. 7286, the Quit Because of COVID-19 Act
  • Organization letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration urging the release of information regarding pre-market applications for tobacco products subject to the American Academy of Pediatrics, et al. v. FDA district court ruling
  • Organization letter to the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.R. 2339, the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019 
  • Organizational letter to the House Appropriations Committee urging opposition to any provisions in the FY21 Agriculture bill that would weaken FDA’s authority over regulation of tobacco products
  • Organization letter to the House of Representatives (PDF) in support of H.R. 2339, the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019
  • Public health organization joint statement (PDF) urging the administration to finalize and implement a proposal to remove all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol, from the marketplace both in retail stores and online
  • Health organization letter (PDF) supporting the Tobacco to 21 Act and the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act
  • APHA letter (PDF) and the health organization letter (PDF) in support of the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019
  • public health organization letter (PDF) to Senate Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies appropriations subcommittee leaders in support of a strong allocation of funds to support the Food and Drug Administration's efforts to reduce tobacco use in the U.S.
  • Letter to House and Senate (PDF) Labor-HHS-Education appropriations subcommittee leaders in support of increased funding for CDC's Office on Smoking and Health.
2017-2018 Advocacy on Tobacco
  • Health organization comments requesting that the final U.S.-Japan free trade and investment agreement include provisions to ensure that both countries are able to adopt public health measures to protect their citizens from the death and disease caused by tobacco products without fear of litigation by tobacco companies.
  • Health organization comments to the Food and Drug Administration in support of the agency's refusal to exempt premium cigars from regulation.
  • Health organization comments urging the FDA to publish and finalize a rule prohibiting characterizing tobacco flavors.
  • Health organization comments in response to the FDA's draft paper "Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products After Implementation of an FDA Product Standard." 
  • Health organization comments to the FDA in support of a proposed rule to reduce nicotine levels in combustible tobacco products.
  • Health organization letter to Secretary Scott Gottlieb in support of reducing the nicotine level in cigarettes.
  • Health organization letter to the House and Senate Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee leaders in support of funding for FDA's oversight of tobacco products.
  • Public health leaders letter to media and movie studio CEOs calling for an R-rating for motion pictures with tobacco imagery.
  • Organization letter to House appropriators to oppose tobacco riders in the Agriculture-FDA FY 2018 spending bill.
  • Organization comments to FDA on a tobacco product standard.
  • Letters to House and Senate leaders and House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders opposing the inclusion of controversial tobacco policy riders in any final FY 2018 appropriations bill
  • Public health leaders letter to media and movie studio CEOs calling for an R-rating for motion pictures with tobacco imagery
  • Organization letter to House appropriators to oppose tobacco riders in the Agriculture-FDA FY 2018 spending bill
  • Organization comments to FDA on a tobacco product standard
  • Organization letter urging House and Senate appropriators to provide strong funding for CDC's Office on Smoking and Health
  • Organization letter to HHS objecting to any reconsideration of the FDA's deeming rule or any weakening of the Department of Justice's defense of the rule in court
  • Organization comments to the Department of Housing and Urban Development in support of the Smokefree Public Housing Rule
  • Organization comments about NAFTA protections to enable countries to protect people from the health harms of tobacco products
  • Organization letter in support of H.R. 1662 to make Veterans Health Administration facilities smoke-free
  • Letters urging members of the House and Senate to oppose any effort to exempt cigars from regulation under the Tobacco Control Act
AJPH Articles on Tobacco Marketing Practices