Tobacco Control Act Overview
The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act) gives FDA broad authority to regulate the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products to help all Americans, especially young people, live longer, healthier lives.
Creating a Brighter Future for All Americans
The landmark Tobacco Control Act, signed into law on June 22, 2009, authorizes FDA to take effective action to protect children, help smokers quit, and reduce tobacco-related disease and death. This law, among other things, ended the tobacco industry's ability to introduce new products without oversight, ushering in a new era where tobacco products are subject to public health-based regulation
The law gives FDA important new powers to:
- Require new and more effective warning labels on tobacco products
- Establish and enforce restrictions on tobacco advertising and promotions
- Require tobacco companies to disclose what is in their products
- Review tobacco manufacturers’ claims of “modified risk” products to prevent misleading claims
- Educate consumers about the dangers of tobacco use, among other powers
FDA now has the full authority of the law, backed by the agency’s rigorous and timely science base, to create positive change all across the country.
Learn More about the Tobacco Control Act
- Read an overview of the Tobacco Control Act, which outlines what the act does and how FDA oversees its implementation.
- Download the complete Tobacco Control Act (PDF).
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- Search the Tobacco Control Act by audience, type of tobacco, and topics to gather specific information.
- Scan the table of contents to locate provisions of the Tobacco Control Act quickly.