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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Tobacco Products

Tobacco Control Act

Tobacco Control Act - Now Searchable and Easy to Use!

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, commonly referred to as the Tobacco Control Act gives FDA authority to regulate the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products to protect public health.

It was signed on June 22, 2009, ushering in a new era of tobacco control by recognizing that almost all new users of tobacco products are under age 18 – the minimum legal age to purchase.

The Tobacco Control Act aims to curb the trend of new users becoming addicted before they are old enough to understand the risks and ultimately dying too young of tobacco-related diseases.


Full Tobacco Control Act and Summary



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