Every day, nearly 4,000 youths under 18 try their first cigarette. Many of these children and adolescents will become addicted before they are old enough to understand the risks. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working to curb tobacco use among youths and ultimately reduce the burden of illness and death caused by tobacco use.

In August 2009, the FDA established the Center for Tobacco Products to implement the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act’s requirements governing manufacturing, marketing and distribution of tobacco products in the United States. Shortly after establishing the center, the FDA announced a ban on cigarettes with characterizing fruit, candy or clove flavors, considered especially appealing to young people.

In June 2010, FDA regulations that limit the sale of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to adults 18 years of age and older took effect. The regulations also prohibit the sale of cigarette packs with...

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