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The tobacco industry is constantly evolving to addict new smokers. It must replace the estimated 438,000 people in the United States who die prematurely each year from using and being exposed to its product. To continue its influence on each new generation of consumers, the tobacco industry creates fresh, new messages aimed at its target audience.

The tobacco industry has pumped millions of dollars into giving itself a public image makeover in the last decade, but new studies show that it has not changed its malicious practices. The tobacco industry costs lives, illness, and enormous economic burdens. Its million-dollar multinational public relations campaigns influence policy and thwart effective regulation. Maintaining continuous scrutiny of policy, research, and industry changes is essential for everyone involved in tobacco control and prevention.

 

Industry News

News of Big Tobacco is constantly being exposed and reported on. Read recent industry news covering tobacco industry strategies and how our legislatures are reacting to this powerful industry. Find current industry news from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Also read the Surgeon General’s Reports on Smoking and Tobacco Use.

 

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Industry Research

On June 27, 2006, the Surgeon General’s Report on The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke was released. The report concluded that secondhand smoke causes premature death and disease in children and nonsmoking adults, and that there is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure. The report also found that secondhand smoke exposure fell by 70% from 1988-1991 to 2001-2002, and that the proportion of nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke was halved over that period, from 88% to 43%.

Get current research on secondhand smoke, including information on secondhand smoke exposure, health effects, and smoke-free initiatives and resources.

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Industry Products

Tobacco Ingredient Reporting – The Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act (FCLAA), Public Law 89–92, and Comprehensive Smokeless Tobacco Health Education Act (CSTHEA), Public Law 99–252, require CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health to collect, store, and analyze the list of ingredients added to cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products.

Exposure to Tobacco Smoke and Harmful Substances in Tobacco –  Biomonitoring has been a driving force for assessing people’s exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), which has been identified as causing cancer in people. Children are at particular risk for harm from ETS, which may aggravate asthma in children who have the disease and greatly increase the risk for bronchitis and pneumonia among young children.

National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals – Up to 92% of the nicotine delivered in smoke is absorbed from the lungs into the bloodstream. Once absorbed, nicotine has a half-life in blood plasma of several hours. Cotinine is a metabolite of nicotine and is currently regarded as the best biomarker in active smokers and in nonsmokers exposed to environmental tobacco smoke.

Legacy Tobacco Documents Library (LTDL) – Search, view, and download more than 7 million documents concerning scientific research, manufacturing, marketing, advertising, and sales of cigarettes. Contains 10 collections. Sponsored by the American Legacy Foundation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides the latest information about legislation related to the tobacco industry and its products, as well as links to the largest public cache of tobacco industry documents.

 

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Regulatory Changes

Congress and the Administration have a key role to play in reducing the tremendous toll of tobacco use, which kills more than 400,000 Americans and costs our nation more than $96 billion in healthcare expenditures every year. Maintaining the dissemination of information about regulatory changes that affect the tobacco industry is crucial to the mission of preventing death and illness from tobacco products.

Find the latest on regulatory changes that affect the tobacco industry from the American Lung Association.


Federal Initiatives

Find Federal Initiatives from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids that provides detailed information about critical federal issues and the need for public health advocates to take an active role in defeating harmful measures supported by the tobacco industry and in building support for effective legislation and policies.


State Initiatives

Tobacco use takes a huge toll in health, lives, and money on every state in the nation. State and local governments can reduce tobacco use, save lives, and save money by implementing proven solutions to the problem. Unfortunately, only three states — Maine, Delaware, and Colorado — currently fund prevention programs at CDC-recommended levels. Find out more about State Initiatives from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

 

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“Fast Facts”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides current facts and data about tobacco and the tobacco industry, including health effects, trends, tobacco products, and secondhand smoke. Search current data below or find fact sheets from the CDC.


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