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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.


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.
AJPH Articles on Tobacco Marketing Practices