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Law, Legislation and Regulation

Law, legislation, and regulation play an important role in tobacco control. The section about Laws and Treaties provides resources on signed and enacted tobacco control measures, such as the WHO FCTC. To learn more about legislation that involves the tobacco industry, visit the page tilted “Legislation Involving the Tobacco Industry”. The section about Regulation of Smoking and Tobacco Products includes links to regulatory bodies, proposed product regulations, and current tobacco use regulations.

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Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights – Smokefree lists, maps, and data

ANR ANR has tracked, collected, and analyzed tobacco control laws around the country since the early 1980s, and provides maps, lists, and data about state and local laws for clean air, youth access restrictions, advertising and promotion restrictions, tobacco excise taxes, and conditional use permits.

Australia Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products

AustraliaComlawBanner In April 2010, the Australian government announced that it would introduce legislation to mandate plain packaging of tobacco products from 1 January 2012 with full implementation by 1 December 2012. This measure forms part of a comprehensive suite of reforms the Australian government is implementing to reduce smoking and its harmful effects.

Tobacco Plain Packaging Act of 2011

Framework Convention Alliance

Framework Convention Alliance The FCA is made up of over 350 organizations from more than 100 countries working on the development, ratification and implementation of the international treaty, the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. This website keeps a running total of the number of people that have died, known as the Death Clock, since the first meeting of the working committee in 1999.

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smokelitigation This website provides searchable summaries of more than 600 legal cases regarding smoking in the workplace and other places. Whether the dispute is about smoke in the home, disability discrimination, prisons, employment, or child custody, this is where you will find information about it.

O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

oneill The O’Neill Institute is researches the use of litigation as an approach for reducing tobacco use, partners with domestic and international organizations to draft shadow reports and works with advocates in low-and middle-income countries to target rights-based and constitutional arguments to their specific cultural, economic, and political environments.

Master Settlement Agreement

National Association of Attorneys General Under the Master Settlement Agreement, seven tobacco companies agreed to change the way tobacco products are marketed and pay the states an estimated $206 billion. The tobacco companies also agreed to finance a $1.5 billion anti-smoking campaign, open previously secret industry documents, and disband industry trade groups which Attorneys General maintain conspired to conceal damaging research from the public.

United States v. Tobacco Companies

United States Department of Justice On September 22, 1999, the United States filed a lawsuit against the major cigarette manufacturers and two industry affiliated organizations. The Department of Justice provides links to all the litigation documents.

UCSF Library, FDA Lawsuits

Plain PackagingThis resource highlights litigation between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and various major tobacco companies pertaining to the FDA’s 2011 ruling requiring larger, more prominent cigarette health warnings on packaging and advertisements.

R. J. Reynolds v. U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Plain Packaging On August 24, 2012, The US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed the February 2012 ruling of Judge Leon that stopped the U.S. FDA from implementing regulations to require large graphic warnings on cigarette packs and on all cigarette advertising.

Smoke-Free Legislation by State

ACS CAN This interactive American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network map shows the level of smoke-free legislation in each state.

State Tobacco Settlements Factsheets

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids CTFK The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has compiled numerous fact sheets discussing the Master Settlement Agreement. Topics include state payments, restrictions, shortcomings, securitizing payments, and many other issues.

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FDA's Process for Authorizing the Sale of Tobacco Products

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How does the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decide whether or not to allow a new tobacco product to enter the market? To help explain this regulatory process, the Consortium has developed a 6-part series of short video clips on the FDA’s premarket review of tobacco products.

Cigarette Plain Packaging

Plain Packaging The Tobacco Labeling Resource Center provides information on global plain packaging research, reports, and regulations. The website also provides a toolkit to serve as a guide in implementing FCTC Article 11.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Regulations on Tobacco Products

Food and Drug Administration The FDA oversees the implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Some of the Agency’s responsibilities under the law include setting performance standards, reviewing premarket applications for new and modified risk tobacco products, requiring new warning labels, and establishing and enforcing advertising and promotion restrictions. This resource is also available in Spanish.

State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System

The STATE System, developed by the CDC Office of Smoking and Health, is an interactive application that houses and displays current and historical state-level data on tobacco. Trend data, interactive maps, and state comparisons are available for topics such as legislation for indoor smoke-free policies, vending machines, smoke-free school campuses, and advertising restrictions.

Federal Regulation of Tobacco Fact Sheets

PHLC The Federal Regulation of Tobacco Fact Sheets are a series of fact sheets, prepared by the Public Health Law Center, that will aid in the understanding and evaluation of complex federal tobacco legislation and help state and local advocates and policymakers address legal issues raised by the new legislation and take advantage of the new opportunities it creates.