Fact: low-income neighborhoods are more likely to have tobacco retailersTobacco is a preventable killer. APHA champions efforts to help Americans live tobacco-free, including laws that create smoke-free workplaces and policies that make it easier for smokers to quit.

CDC Vital Signs report finds 58 million people are exposed to secondhand smoke. While some progress has been made, seven in 10 black children are exposed to secondhand smoke. So are nearly half of all black nonsmokers and more than a third of nonsmokers living in rental housing.


AJPH Articles on Tobacco Marketing Practices
2016 Advocacy on Tobacco
  • Organization letters to House and Senate appropriators opposing including tobacco policy riders in a continuing resolution.
  • Organization letter urging the House Appropriations Committee to restore funding for CDC's Office on Smoking and Health.
  • In a Houston Chronicle op-ed, APHA Action Board Chair-designate Catherine L. Troisi says Texas should increase the legal age for buying tobacco products.
  • From Public Health Newswire: FDA deeming rule extends authority to cover all tobacco products
  • Organization letter to President Obama calling for his leadership to ensure prompt action to finalize FDA rule to regulate all tobacco products.
  • Organization letter urging the Senate to oppose amendments that would weaken FDA's authority to regulate tobacco products
  • Organization letter urging FDA to establish a national track and trace system for tobacco products
  • Organization letters to House and Senate Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee Appropriations leaders in support of at least $210 million for CDC's Office on Smoking and Health in 2017
  • Organization letters urging House and Senate Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Appropriations leaders to approve the authorized level of user fees for FDA oversight of tobacco products and oppose any effort to restrict FDA's authority under the Tobacco Control Act in 2017
  • Organization letter urging Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association to ban use of tobacco products at MLB venues
  • Organization letter supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership tobacco control provision
  • APHA comments to HUD and the organizational comments we joined on the proposal to make public housing smoke-free
2015 Advocacy on Tobacco