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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Tobacco Products

Regulations and Guidance

These resources provide information on federal tobacco regulations and guidance about the sale, distribution and marketing of tobacco products.


Information on the Tobacco Control Act and issued regulations.

  • FDA implements the Tobacco Control Act by issuing regulations, which have the force of law, and explain what regulated industry must do to comply with the law.
  • FDA issued a final rule on June 22, 2010, that contains a broad set of federal requirements designed to significantly curb access to and the appeal of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products to children and adolescents in the United States.
  • More information is available at the Guidance, Compliance & Regulatory Information page.



These guidance documents describe FDA’s current thinking on a regulatory issue. They are not legally binding on the public or FDA.


Fact Sheets, Letters, and FAQs

FDA Center for Tobacco Products created these materials to help you learn more.


Why are Federal Tobacco Laws Important?

These laws are designed to make tobacco products less accessible and less attractive to youth. Every day almost 3,800 kids try their first cigarette and 1,000 kids become daily smokers.  Many of these children will become addicted before they are old enough to understand the risks, and they will ultimately die of tobacco-related diseases. As a tobacco retailer, you play an important role in protecting children and adolescents by complying with federal laws.

Retailer Training and Enforcement
Get information on how to comply with federal tobacco regulations, enforcement activities, and compliance checks.