Tobacco Enforcement OverviewSmoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States: more than 400,000 deaths every year can be attributed to smoking, through lung cancer and other diseases. The tobacco control laws of the Commonwealth and the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement between cigarette companies and Massachusetts are intended to help protect the public health and to protect children from tobacco addiction. The Attorney General's Office is committed to the effective enforcement of the tobacco control laws and the Master Settlement Agreement.
Report a ViolationIf you believe that a tobacco product manufacturer or retailer is violating the tobacco control laws, or that a participating manufacturer is violating the Master Settlement Agreement, you can bring your concerns to our attention by downloading and submitting a Tobacco Complaint Form:
Every complaint will be reviewed for appropriate action, but it is the policy of the Office not to comment upon pending investigations. Please note also that funds paid to the Commonwealth under the Master Settlement Agreement are not available to compensate private individuals for smoking-related illnesses.
The Attorney General works closely with the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program (MTCP) , an office of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In addition, local tobacco control programs enforce local bylaws and ordinances that deal with smoking and health. Information about these local programs can be obtained through the website.
The following federal agencies also provide important information about smoking, health, and tobacco regulation:
The Center for Tobacco Products at the Food and Drug Administration