• FEDERAL TOBACCO ACTION CENTER

    The FDA is required to protect public health in its regulation of commercial tobacco products. To assist public health officials, advocates, lawyers, and researchers, the Center is working to make FDA actions and processes easier to understand. Our focus is to push the FDA to enact strong tobacco regulations that protect public health and promote health equity, to help the FDA defend its decisions against the tobacco industry’s legal challenges, and to proactively engage with the FDA to shape its agenda.

  • Current Action Items

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      Administrative Action Tracker

      This tracker provides information about the actions of federal agencies, such as the FDA and the USDA, on public health issues within the focus areas of the Center.

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      Litigation Tracker

      This tracker provides information and official court documents from select lawsuits within the focus areas of the Center, including commercial tobacco control and food/nutrition. Some cases are relevant to cross-cutting issues that affect public health, such as preemption and First Amendment considerations.

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      Stop Menthol

      African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council et al. v. U.S. Dept. of Human Services et al.

      Stay up to date on the latest information regarding the litigation that is pushing the FDA toward prohibiting menthol cigarettes.

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  • Featured Resources

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      Federal Tobacco Regulation 101

      New to FDA tobacco regulation? Start here for the basics.

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      Federal Tobacco Regulation: An Introduction

      Basic overview of what the Tobacco Control Act does (and does not) do, what the FDA is authorized to do under the law, and how various products fit into the FDA’s regulatory authority.

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      Centering Equity in the Tobacco Control Act's Public Health Standard

      Overview of the legal standard by which FDA makes some of its most important tobacco control regulatory decisions and explanation of why health equity should guide its decision making in setting product standards and reviewing new products.

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