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Tobacco Initiatives

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the U.S., killing close to half a million people each year. The American Lung Association is committed to ending the death and disease caused by tobacco use. Our tobacco control policy efforts include:

  • Advocating for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight over tobacco products
  • Coverage of tobacco cessation treatments under health insurance plans
  • Smokefree workplace laws
  • Increased tobacco taxes
  • Tobacco 21 Laws

And other legislative measures and community programs that are crucial to reducing tobacco use and eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke.

Oversight and Regulation of Tobacco Products

The Lung Association worked for more than 20 years to see the Tobacco Control Act passed, which gives the FDA the authority to regulate cigarettes and tobacco products. We are working today to see that this law is effectively enforced, reducing the terrible burden caused by tobacco use.

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Cigarette & Tobacco Taxes

We strongly support efforts on the national, state and local levels to increase taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products. Find out why.

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Tobacco Cessation & Prevention

Governments, insurance companies and employers must establish tobacco cessation and prevention programs to help smokers quit and prevent kids from starting. Our tools and resources can help.

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Smokefree Environments

Our goal is for every community to be smokefree. See how we are expanding smokefree communities—from public places and workplaces to housing and schools—find a tobacco-free university and get information on creating a smokefree workplace.

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Tobacco 21 Laws

Close to 95 percent of smokers try their first cigarette before age 21. The Lung Association supports raising the sales age for tobacco products to 21 to prevent kids from starting.

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Reports & Resources

Read our reports on tobacco control policy, including the annual State of Tobacco Control report, and find more information about major tobacco control issues.

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Our Public Policy Position Statement on Tobacco and Health

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