Prevention and Cessation

We are working to increase funding for comprehensive tobacco control programs and access to evidence-based cessation treatment, which prevents youth initiation and supports successful quitting. Additionally, raising the minimum sale age for tobacco to 21 can prevent a deadly addiction. 

Prevention and Cessation Resources:

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.

In 2014, 32 percent of Medicaid enrollees were smokers, compared with 17 percent of the general population. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., with more than 480,000 deaths each year caused by cigarette smoking.

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., with more than 480,000 deaths each year caused by cigarette smoking.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) and ACS CAN submitted comments on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Draft Research Plan for Tobacco and Nicotine Use Prevention in Children and Adolescents: Primary Care Interventions.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and partners sent a letter to the Secretaries of the tri-agencies requesting that they issue a new Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) concerning a comprehensive tobacco cessation benefit to reflect the recently-updated USPSTF recommendation.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and partners provided comments on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Draft Recommendation Statement: Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults and Pregnant Women: Behavioral and Pharmacotherapy Interventions.  We recommended that USPSTF clarify that clinicians should ask all adults about tobacco use and provide both provide U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved pharmacotherapy and behavioral interventions for cessation in adults who use tobacco.

The American Cancer Society and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network provided comments on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Draft Recommendation Statement: Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults and Pregnant Women: Behavioral and Pharmacotherapy Interventions.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and partners provided comments regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2015 Proposed Rule on Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS).

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and partners provided comments regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2015 Proposed Rule on Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System.