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Tobacco Control


The ADA works closely with government agencies, public health leaders and others to prevent oral (mouth) and pharyngeal (throat) cancers and other oral diseases associated with tobacco use.  These efforts include:

  • educating the public about the dangers associated with tobacco use;
  • classifying nicotine as an addictive substance;
  • levying significant taxes on tobacco products;
  • mandating graphic warning labels on tobacco products;
  • restricting the advertising and promotion of cigarettes, pipes, cigars and smokeless tobacco products (including bans on free sampling);
  • ensuring state tobacco settlement funds are used to reduce the morbidity and mortality of tobacco-related diseases, especially oral diseases;
  • reducing exposure to second-hand smoke;
  • enforcing age restrictions for purchasers of tobacco products;
  • imposing strict licensure requirements for tobacco product retailers;
  • requiring insurance coverage for evidence-based cessation counseling (and medications); and
  • educating clinicians about evidence-based interventions to help curb tobacco use;
  • continuing research into the oral health effects of tobacco use.

The Association is especially concerned about recent attempts to market a new generation of tobacco products as a less harmful (or "reduced risk") alternative to smoking. As permitted by law, the ADA urges that such claims be subject to strict evaluation criteria and extensive pre-market testing to ensure they are based on the highest level of scientific evidence.

Letters & Testimony

  • April 1, 2013Letter (PDF) to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding potential changes to smokeless tobacco product warning labels.
  • April 1, 2013Coalition letter (PDF) urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to refrain from revising the four mandatory health warning statements on smokeless tobacco products.
  • May 23, 2012Coalition letter (PDF) urging the House Committee on Appropriations to vote down any amendments to the FY 2013 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies appropriations bill that would weaken the FDA’s authority to regulate tobacco products.
  • March 20, 2012Coalition letter (PDF) commending the Department of Health and Human Services for launching the first nationwide media campaign to educate the public about the dangers of tobacco use.
  • March 8, 2012Press release welcoming the 2012 Surgeon General's Report: Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults.
  • February 23, 2012Letter (PDF) urging the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions to table or vote against S.1461, the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act of 2011.
  • February 23, 2012Coalition letter (PDF) urging members of the Senate to oppose S.1461, the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act of 2011.
  • October 21, 2011Letter (PDF) expressing support for the Department of Defense’s proposed smoking cessation program for TRICARE beneficiaries.
  • June 30, 2011Letter (PDF) following-up on the FDA’s June 9 stakeholder discussion to gather input from public health advocates on the regulation of tobacco products.

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