Tobacco Control: Creating a Tobacco-Free Nation

Programs and research aimed at reducing tobacco use across America.

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Tobacco use remains the number-one cause of preventable death in the United States, and combined with second hand smoke results in hundreds of thousands of deaths and nearly $100 billion in annual health care expenditures. 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has a long history of working with national and local health organizations, faith groups, businesses, government and others to advocate for higher tobacco taxes, strong smoke-free air laws, and well-funded programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit. As we continue building on this history, RWJF is working to reach communities nationwide that have not benefited equally from reduced smoking rates.

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The Tobacco Campaigns

A 20-year retrospective on RWJF’s efforts to tackle one of the most intractable problems in the field of public health—tobacco addiction.

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Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

CTFK advocates public policies that prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit, and protect everyone from secondhand smoke.

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Latest news on tobacco control

RWJF Comments on Regulation of Flavors in Tobacco Products

July 12, 2018 | News Release

Comments from Richard Besser, MD, in regard to the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the regulation of flavors in combusted and non-combusted tobacco products.

RWJF Comments on Maximum Nicotine Level for Tobacco Products

July 12, 2018 | News Release

Comments from Richard Besser, MD, on the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with respect to developing a product standard to set the maximum nicotine level for combusted tobacco products to a minimal or non-addictive level.

RWJF Comments on Regulation of Premium Cigars

July 12, 2018 | News Release

Comments from Richard Besser, MD, on the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the regulation of premium cigars under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

RWJF Comments on the Experimental Study on Warning Statements for Cigarette Graphic Health Warnings

May 30, 2017 | News Release

Comments from Richard Besser, MD, on the notice soliciting comments on the Experimental Study on Warning Statements for Cigarette Graphic Health Warnings.