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May 23, 2012

A Major Opportunity in California to Save Lives

As youŠ—'re reading this, cancer advocates are fighting a major battle against Big Tobacco in California - a battle that, if won, could save more than 100,000 lives, $5.1 billion in healthcare costs and protect nearly 230,000 kids from the dangers of tobacco.

May 15, 2012

Senators Introduce Tobacco Tax Equity Bill

I am pleased to share with you that U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced a bill last week that would eliminate disparities in the federal tax rates for various tobacco products, a proposal that will increase federal revenues and save lives.

April 6, 2012

New Tobacco Atlas Shows Promise of Progress for a Global Problem

With almost 6 million people dying annually from smoking-related diseases, you can see how the tobacco industry has been able to earn incredible profits from addicting people to their products using manipulating, misleading practices. In fact, in 2010, the six leading tobacco companies in the world made a collective profit of $35.1 billion, the equivalent of the profits of Coca Cola, McDonalds and Microsoft combined.

March 27, 2012

New CDC Ads Encourage People to Quit Smoking

Sometimes we understand things intellectually but not always emotionally. Sometimes reality needs to touch us in a more visceral way to be effective. The CDCŠ—'s new ad campaign, Tips from Former Smokers, features real-life stories of people who have suffered from the harmful effects of smoking. It helps us to understand more fully the real impacts of smoking.

March 8, 2012

Tobacco and Youth - Surgeon GeneralŠ—'s Report

The report includes the latest information about the trends of youth tobacco use and its devastating impact on health. The report also details the tobacco industryŠ—'s continued efforts to addict kids to its deadly products through insidious marketing and promotion directed at youth.

February 16, 2012

ACS CAN Announces Support of California Cancer Research Act

Big Tobacco is about to meet a challenge in the state of California. Yesterday, ACS CAN CEO Dr. John Seffrin announced a pledge to support CaliforniaŠ—'s Proposition 29, the California Cancer Research Act, an historic ballot initiative that would make California the second largest funder of cancer research Š—– after the U.S. federal government.

January 4, 2012

Orange Bowl Scraps Cigar Sponsorship

Tobacco has no place in athletics, and certainly not at any of the nationŠ—'s premiere sporting events that are very popular and widely televised. ThatŠ—'s why IŠ—'m incredibly grateful to advocates from a coalition of 10 public health groups, including ACS CAN, who were the driving force behind the Orange Bowl CommitteeŠ—'s and National Collegiate Athletic AssociationŠ—'s (NCAA) recent decision to cancel Camacho CigarsŠ—' sponsorship of the Orange Bowl, which will be played tonight.

November 30, 2011

A Broken Promise to Our Children

Did you know tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death in our country? Yet, our progress in the fight against Big Tobacco is being undermined, according to a report released today by a coalition of public health groups including ACS CAN.

November 10, 2011

FDA is Cracking Down on Big Tobacco

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took an important step today to address the illegal sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products to kids. The FDA announced that it sent warning letters to more than 1,200 tobacco retailers threatening civil penalties against those selling tobacco to kids.