Our Commitment

Our Commitment to Underage Access Prevention

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (RJRT) is committed to preventing those under 21 from accessing tobacco products and from being exposed to marketing about the subject.

RJRT uses multiple third-party data sources and technologies in its efforts to prevent underage access to tobacco products.

Our products are responsibly marketed to existing adult tobacco consumers through tailored advertisements that only use models who are aged 35 and older.

We do not want our products in the hands of youth. Period. We remain committed to operating responsibly and working collaboratively with regulators and retail partners. We’re using cutting-edge technology, trusted data, and strong marketing controls to improve our tools for underage protection.

Shay Mustafa, SVP Business Communications & Sustainability within the Reynolds American organization


Our Standards of Business Conduct (SoBC) covers underage access prevention and other areas such as anti-bribery and anti-corruption, political contributions, anti-money laundering, and tax evasion. Our annual SoBC sign-off is a key component of delivering our business in an ethical and lawful manner and with integrity. We have consistently achieved 100% sign-off completion.


RJRT educates its employees on effective ways of marketing our products while delivering on our commitment to underage access prevention. All of our employees must complete a training module covering various marketing practices and guidelines to ensure that across all channels, our marketing aims to appeal to tobacco consumers aged 25 and up.

Right Decisions Right Now

At RJRT, we believe that educating youth about the dangers of tobacco product use is the right thing to do. It’s important to our company’s long-term strategic goal of transforming the tobacco industry. Underage prevention makes good business sense because, as we help the continuing decline in underage cigarette use, all interested parties and the public may gain a greater understanding of our commitment to this issue.

In 1991, RJRT began the “Right Decisions Right Now (RDRN)” underage tobacco prevention program that offers materials to educators, parents, and students in grades 5-9, to provide them with tools to help persuade youth to be tobacco- and nicotine-free by making good decisions. The “Right Decisions Right Now: Be Tobacco Free” program was independently tested nationally and was found to be successful on two key measures: (1) recent smoking levels decreased significantly in test schools, particularly for grades 8-9; and (2) the program lowered anticipated tobacco use among middle school-age students. In addition, students’ susceptibility to peer pressure and their perception of the popularity of tobacco-using peers both showed significant declines versus the control groups. The program also has been updated to include a vapor module.

Today, RJRT continues to support the Right Decisions Right Now program. RJRT employees are encouraged to present the RDRN program to a youth-focused group and each group is entitled to a grant of $500 – $1,000.