One year ago, President Obama signed the historic Tobacco Control Act. Since the law’s passage, the FDA has taken important steps to prevent our children from becoming the next generation of Americans to die prematurely from tobacco use and ultimately to reduce death and disease associated with tobacco use.
The following provisions of the Tobacco Control Act become effective today, June 22, 2010:
- FDA rules that limit the sale, distribution, and marketing of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to protect the health of children and adolescents become legally enforceable
- Provisions that prohibit the advertising or labeling of tobacco products with the descriptors “light,” “mild,” or “low” or similar descriptors without an FDA order
- Requirements that new, larger health warning labels for smokeless tobacco products begin to rotate on labels, labeling, and advertising and begin to be displayed on smokeless tobacco packaging
FDA is committed to educating retailers, industry and consumers about the new tobacco regulations and the health risks of tobacco use.
- Visit our Break the Chain of Tobacco Addiction Educational Campaign for retailers for tools and tips for retailers and partners.
- Get our Tobacco Regulations, Education, Prevention & Control Widget for the latest FDA tobacco news, announcements and an educational quiz.
- Learn more about FDA tobacco regulations at www.fda.gov/tobacco.