The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) supports raising the minimum age for sale of all tobacco products to age 21 with strong retailer compliance and active enforcement as part of its comprehensive strategy to reduce youth initiation.
Broken Promises to Our Children: A State-by-State Look at the 1998 Tobacco Settlement 20 Years Later
For the past 20 years – since the states settled their lawsuits against the major tobacco companies in November 1998 – we have issued annual reports assessing how well the states have kept their promise to use a significant portion of their settlement funds to combat tobacco use in the United States. In addition to their settlement funds – estimated at $246 billion over the first 25 years – the states collect billions each year in tobacco taxes.
This year’s report finds, once again, that nearly every state gets a failing grade and is spending a miniscule portion of tobacco revenues to fight tobacco use and the enormous public health problems it causes.