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Tobacco Regulatory Science Research Program

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act), enacted on June 22, 2009, directed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to create a Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) that works to protect the public health of the U.S. population from tobacco-related death and disease by comprehensively regulating the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products; educating the public, especially youth, about the dangers of using tobacco products; and promoting and supporting strategies that ensure an equitable chance at living a healthier life for everyone. To carry out its regulation of tobacco products under the Federal Food, Drug, & Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), CTP established an Office of Science (OS) to ensure that a robust science base informs the center’s actions.

To meet its mission, CTP-OS assesses existing scientific evidence and supports new research to inform regulatory actions intended to protect the public health of the U.S. population from tobacco-related death and disease by:

  • Preventing people from starting to use tobacco products
  • Encouraging people who use tobacco products to quit
  • Reducing the harm caused by tobacco products


FY 2010–2017 Report

CTP-OS published the Tobacco Regulatory Science Research Program at FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products: Summary and Highlights  (PDF) in 2018. The report spotlights CTP’s scientific research accomplishments in fiscal years 2010 to 2017.

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