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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Tobacco Products

World No Tobacco Day 2011: Statement by Lawrence R. Deyton, MSPH, M.D., Director, Center for Tobacco Products

On May 31, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will join public health and tobacco-control advocates around the world to observe World No Tobacco Day 2011. This year’s theme highlights the importance of the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), a treaty which focuses on curbing the global epidemic of tobacco use and on everyone’s right to the highest standard of public health.

This June marks the second anniversary of the signing of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act by President Barack Obama, which gave FDA the authority to regulate tobacco products in the United States. The Tobacco Control Act grants FDA authority over the manufacturing, distribution, marketing, and advertising of tobacco products to better protect the public health.

During the past two years, FDA has put in place the scientific foundation and regulatory framework for tobacco product regulation in the United States. Many of FDA’s efforts since the signing of the Tobacco Control Act have been in concert with the tobacco control goals listed in the WHO FCTC. FDA has:

FDA joins the World Health Organization in celebrating World No Tobacco Day and encourages anyone who wants to quit using cigarettes or smokeless tobacco products to do so today. 1-800-QUIT-NOW is a free, federally-supported service that is available to help people stop using tobacco products.