Building a Tobacco-Free Nation

Updated:May 1,2017

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States and a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease – the nation’s  No. 1 killer. The American Heart Association is active in the federal legislative and regulatory arenas to promote healthful policies that prevent and reduce tobacco use, especially among youth, as well as protecting non-smokers from exposure to secondhand smoke. The association was a leading advocate for the landmark 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which for the first time granted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate the manufacture, distribution, sale, labeling, advertising, and promotion of tobacco products to protect public health.

Our federal advocacy priorities to reduce and prevent tobacco use are:

  • Support the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which funds tobacco cessation initiatives at the community level.
  • Work with the FDA and the Center for Tobacco Products to implement the Tobacco Control Act.
  • Prevent Congress from weakening the Tobacco Control Act on Capitol Hill from weakening FDA’s authority to regulate tobacco products based on the latest science.
  • Promote laws and policies that help decrease tobacco use, such as legislation that would make federal buildings smoke-free and create tobacco product tax equity.

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