On this page:
- About Tobacco Products, Addiction, and Quitting
- Tobacco’s Health Effects in Youth and Others
- Regulation, Compliance, and Enforcement
- Science and Research
Nicotine is a highly addictive chemical compound present in the tobacco plant. Tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, hookah tobacco, and most e-cigarettes, contain nicotine.
As part of FDA's ongoing efforts to protect youth from the dangers of tobacco use, the agency is expanding its successful youth tobacco prevention campaign, “The Real Cost,” to reach the more than 10 million youth ages 12-17 who have used e-cigarettes or are open to trying them.
You probably know that cigarette smoking kills you. You probably know that cigarettes contain chemicals—a mix of over 7,000 chemicals, in fact—that can cause diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and COPD.
What keeps people smoking even when they know cigarettes are harmful to their health? Nicotine. Nicotine, the highly addictive drug present in tobacco products, is the main reason that people continue to use tobacco even when they want to quit.
The science says they can. The nicotine in e-cigarettes can change the young brain and get kids hooked.
While many Americans may know that smoking can cause cardiovascular disease and certain cancers, like lung cancer, they may not be aware that smoking can also negatively impact a woman’s reproductive health, as well as lead to cervical cancer.
Cigarette smoking is the chief cause of preventable disease and death in the United States and can harm nearly any part of the body.
You may be aware that cigarettes increase a person’s risk of cancer, as well as diseases of the heart, lungs, and other organs. But you might not know that smoking is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
Every organ in the human body serves an important purpose in keeping it running and in prime condition. Most healthy people are not cognizant of their organs—like lungs—on a daily basis, because they are able to breathe without difficulty and perform their daily tasks without major effort.
Learn about May Nelson’s contributions to improve public health through tobacco regulation.
Learn about the many types of opportunities available, our work culture, and the innovative ways that we recruit a diverse and qualified workforce.
FOIA and CTP: Protecting Citizens’ “Right to Know” by Fostering CTP Transparency
Learn about the mission and accomplishments of CTP’s Office of Compliance and Enforcement from its Director, Ann Simoneau.
Here, we introduce you to the Center for Tobacco Products’ Office of Small Business Assistance (OSBA), the resources it offers, and how you can reach out for help with more specific questions.
On October 22, 2019, FDA granted the first-ever modified risk orders to Swedish Match USA, Inc. for eight snus smokeless tobacco products.
While there are three main ways to bring a new tobacco product to market, a premarket tobacco application (PMTA) is the most likely pathway by which manufacturers of e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) will apply to market their products.
The PATH Study strives to better understand what motivates youth and young adults to use tobacco.