Legislative Issues

Each year, legislators introduce hundreds of legislative proposals that are important to our businesses, our stakeholders and our trade partners. There are many issues that impact our products and companies, including:
Active participation at all levels of government is vital to our business and to our democracy.

​Altria Group and its tobacco companies actively supported legislation that gave the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products.

​Altria's tobacco companies oppose excise tax increases that are unfair to adult tobacco consumers, create additional incentives for illicit trade, are costly to legitimate businesses, do little to solve systemic state budget problems and can lead to less stability in the states’ finances.

​The prohibition of all tobacco products with characterizing flavors other than tobacco is not an effective way to address the issue of underage tobacco use and is unfair to adult tobacco consumers who prefer such flavor varieties.

​Altria’s tobacco companies oppose legislation that would prohibit certain types of retail stores from selling tobacco products or would ban certain kinds of tobacco products.

​Altria’s tobacco companies actively work to address the illicit trafficking of contraband tobacco products.

​At the state level, Altria’s tobacco companies support enactment of laws to prevent underage access that complement FDA authority.

​Altria Group and its operating companies believe in preserving fairness in the American judicial system.

The public should be guided by the conclusions of public health officials regarding the health effects of secondhand smoke when deciding whether to be in places where secondhand smoke is present.

​In the late 1990s, Philip Morris USA and U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company signed tobacco settlement agreements with state attorneys general. These agreements fundamentally changed how tobacco products are advertised, marketed and sold in the United States.

​Employee Benefits, Immigration Reform and Data Privacy are also important legislative Issues for Altria and its companies.