Jump to: Laws & Treaties, Legislation Involving Tobacco Companies, Regulation of Smoking and Tobacco Products , Videos

Laws & Treaties

Framework Convention on Tobacco ControlWHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: The WHO FCTC was developed in response to the globalization of the tobacco epidemic and is an evidence-based treaty that reaffirms the right of all people to the highest standard of health.

Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: Protocols and Guidelines

Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: Parties and Signatories

Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: Implementation Database

Framework Convention AllianceFramework 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.

Australia Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products:  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

Great SealThe Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act: A federal statute of the United States, signed into law by President Obama on June 22, 2009. The act gives the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate the tobacco industry.

Robert Wood Johnson FoundationClearing the Air: An Overview of Smoke-Free Air Laws: This Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report reviews the history, scope and impact of smoke-free air laws across the country and their growing popularity.

ACS CANSmoke-Free Legislation by State:  This interactive American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network map shows the level of smoke-free legislation in each state.

Legislation Involving Tobacco Companies

The Tobacco AtlasLegal Challenges Against Tobacco Control Legislation: Worldwide examples of recent, pending, or under appeal legal challenges against tobacco control legislation.

Tobacco Free KidsTobacco Control Laws: Tobacco Control Laws is an interactive website designed for advocates, researchers, legal professionals, and other members of the public interested in tobacco control to access information about tobacco control legislation and litigation worldwide.

Plain PackagingR. J. Reynolds v. U.S. Food and Drug Administration: 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.

UCSF Library, FDA Lawsuits: This 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.

Judge Leon’s Ruling Against New Cigarette Warning Labels: Judge Leon’s Memorandum Opinion & Order from the 2012 ruling to block implementation of new, graphic cigarette warning labels in the U.S

Latest Ruling Against Cigarette Warnings is not Surprising – Still Wrong on the Law and Science: Statement by Matt Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, regarding Judge Leon’s ruling against graphic warning labels.

United States Department of JusticeUnited States v. Tobacco Companies: 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.

The Verdict Is In: Findings from United States v. Philip Morris: This document is a compilation of select quotes and findings from the full legal document. This resource highlights excerpts of the court’s findings that help tell the story in a direct and easily understandable way.

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler’s 2006 Final Ruling Against Major Tobacco.

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler’s Final Opinion: Summary of Findings: This document includes excerpts from U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler’s 2006 opinion that briefly summarize the major findings and conclusions of the court with respect to the evidence presented in the case against the major tobacco industry by the Department of Justice.

National Association of Attorneys GeneralMaster Settlement Agreement: 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.

Tobacco TrialState Lawsuit Against Tobacco Companies Summary Chart: A listing and links to state level litigation against tobacco companies.

Tobacco TrialTobacco On Trial: This blog features the latest US tobacco litigation news.

Regulation of Smoking and Tobacco Products

Food and Drug AdministrationThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration Regulations on Tobacco Products: 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.

Plain PackagingCigarette 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.


Federal Regulation of Tobacco Fact Sheets: This series of fact sheets, prepared by the Public Health Law Center, 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.

State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System: The STATE System, developed by 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.


 Waxman Questions Big Tobacco in 1994 Congressional Hearings: Representative Henry Waxman questions the CEOs of the major U.S. tobacco manufacturers about the health effects of smoking.

 The Seven Dwarves: “I Believe That Smoking is Not Addictive”: In this video, the CEOs of the seven largest tobacco manufacturers in the U.S. go on record before congress that they do not believe that nicotine is addictive.