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CTP feature stories elaborate on how the center regulates tobacco products to protect youth and others from tobacco-related death and disease.

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About Tobacco Products, Addiction, and Quitting

Nicotine: The Addictive Chemical in Tobacco Products

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.


FDA Launches New Campaign: "The Real Cost" Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Campaign

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.

Chemicals in Tobacco Products and Your Health

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.

Quitting Smoking: Closer with Every Attempt

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.

Tobacco’s Health Effects in Youth and Others

Think E-Cigs Can’t Harm Teens’ Health?

The science says they can. The nicotine in e-cigarettes can change the young brain and get kids hooked.


Smoking: A Women’s Health Issue

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.

How Smoking Affects Heart Health

Cigarette smoking is the chief cause of preventable disease and death in the United States and can harm nearly any part of the body.

Cigarette Smoking: A Risk Factor for Type 2 Diabetes

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.

Keep Your Air Clear: How Tobacco Can Harm Your Lungs

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.

Regulation, Compliance, and Enforcement

Q&A with CTP’s New Director of the Office of Regulations

Learn about May Nelson’s contributions to improve public health through tobacco regulation.

CTP Expands Hiring

Learn about the many types of opportunities available, our work culture, and the innovative ways that we recruit a diverse and qualified workforce.

The Freedom of Information Act

FOIA and CTP: Protecting Citizens’ “Right to Know” by Fostering CTP Transparency

Q&A with CTP’s Director of Compliance and Enforcement

Learn about the mission and accomplishments of CTP’s Office of Compliance and Enforcement from its Director, Ann Simoneau.

CTP’s Office of Small Business Assistance

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.

FDA Authorizes Modified Risk Tobacco Products

On October 22, 2019, FDA granted the first-ever modified risk orders to Swedish Match USA, Inc. for eight snus smokeless tobacco products.


Marketing ENDS as New Tobacco Products: A Guide for Manufacturers

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.

Science and Research

PATH Study Findings Give Insight into Flavored Tobacco, Health Effects of E-Cigarettes, and Adult Use of Cigars and Hookah

The PATH Study strives to better understand what motivates youth and young adults to use tobacco.

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