Tobacco

ACS CAN supports a comprehensive approach to reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, including increasing taxes on all tobacco products, implementing comprehensive smoke-free laws, fully funding and sustaining evidence-based, statewide tobacco control programs, ensuring access to clinical cessation services and working with the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products and their marketing.

Tobacco Resources:

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 Sta

The use of tobacco products remains the nation’s number one cause of preventable death, killing more than 480,000 Americans each year. That is why the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) have long been engaged in the fight against tobacco.

Cigarette smoking is responsible for about one-third of all cancer deaths in the nation overall. A new study from the American Cancer Society provides state-level estimates of the number of adult deaths from smoking in 2014.

January 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the landmark Surgeon General’s Report linking smoking to lung cancer.

The Health Consequences of Smoking – 50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General calls for an integrated national tobacco control strategy of expanded implementation of tobacco control measures and new “end game” strategies to meet the vision of a society free of tobacco-related death and disease. 

Regulation and Products Resources:

Flavors are a marketing weapon the tobacco manufacturers use to target youth and young people to a lifetime of addiction. The use of any flavored tobacco product among youth is concerning because it exposes them to a lifetime of nicotine addiction, disease, and premature death.

The U.S. Secretary of HHS, U.S. Surgeon General, and Commissioner of the FDA have all declared youth e-cigarette use to be an epidemic. E-cigarette use among high school students has risen by 78 percent in the last year and 48 percent among middle school students. Furthermore, e-cigarette use is most common among younger adults – not older adults. Action is needed to reverse these trends.

Our organizations are writing in connection with the April 30 action by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issuing a marketing order to Philip Morris International (PMI) and Philip Morris Products S.A. allowing the U.S. marketing of IQOS heated tobacco products, to be distributed in the U.S. exclusively by Altria Client Services LLC (Altria).

The undersigned public health organizations submit these comments on the above-listed tobacco product modified risk applications submitted by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (“Reynolds”) for six Camel snus products. The subject applications should be denied for the reasons detailed in these comments.

The undersigned public health organizations submit these comments on the above-listed amended tobacco product modified risk applications submitted by Swedish Match North America, Inc. (“Swedish Match”) for multiple snus products (“General snus”). The subject applications should be denied for the reasons detailed in these comments.

We write to urge the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct a thorough investigation of, and take appropriate enforcement action against, the marketing of JUUL e-cigarettes with express or implied claims that the products help users stop smoking.

The Draft Guidance can be a step forward if it reduces youth access to the flavored products that have contributed so significantly to the problem of youth tobacco use. However, unless strengthened, the Draft Guidance falls short of the forceful action needed to address a public health crisis of this magnitude.

The undersigned organizations, committed to protecting and promoting the public health by reducing the use of tobacco products, respectfully submit comments on the draft guidance, “Smoking Cessation and Related Indications: Developing Nicotine Replacement Therapy Drug Products: Guidance for Industry.

The core interests of the ACS and the ACS CAN are to improve our scientific understanding of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, and other novel tobacco products, and to maintain robust and effective protections designed to minimize the risks posed to human research subjects. We appreciate the FDA updating its guidance in the use of investigational tobacco products (ITPs).

Smoke Free Resources:

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, with its partners, supports the Department of Housing and Urban Development's proposal to make public housing smoke-free.

Secondhand smoke (SHS) is an occupational hazard for many casino workers- from dealers to security. Job-related exposure to SHS is a significant, but entirely preventable, cause of premature death among U.S. workers.

More than 40 years after former U.S. Surgeon General Jesse Steinfeld first exposed the potential health risks of secondhand smoke (SHS) in 1971,1 and nearly 30 years after a subsequent Surgeon General’s report stated that SHS causes lung cancer and other diseases,2 all U.S.

The Surgeon General’s reported in 20061 and again 20102 that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS).

Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard. Ventilation technologies do not sufficiently protect individuals from the harmful effects of breathing in secondhand smoke.

Tobacco users are not the only ones who breathe its deadly smoke - all the people around them are forced to inhale it too. Secondhand smoke causes more than 42,000 deaths, including more than 7,000 lung cancer deaths among nonsmoking adults each year.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) provided comments on the National Center for Healthy Housing's and the American Public Health Association’s draft National Healthy Housing Standard.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) provided comments in response to HUD's request for information on adopting smoke-free policies in public housing authorities and multifamily housing.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and American Lung Association provided joint comments in response to the Department of Transportation (DOT)’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Smoking of Electronic Cigarettes on Aircraf

Prevention and Cessation Resources:

Comments from the American Cancer Society and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Draft Recommendation Statement on Primary Care Interventions for Prevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is pleased to submit comments on the request for information concerning advancing tobacco control practices to prevent initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults, eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke, and identifying the eliminating tobacco-related disparities.

Comments from the American Cancer Society and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Draft Research Plan for Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Women: Interventions

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is pleased to provide comments on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) request for information on Effective, Large-Scale, Sustainable Approaches to Help People Quit Using Tobacco by Employing Evidence-Based Treatment Options.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) are pleased to provide comments on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Draft Recommendation Statement on Primary Care Interventions for Prevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents

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.

International Tobacco Prevention Resources:

In this report, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network highlights what’s at stake if Congress does not approve of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement with the tobacco provision.  Without this provision, the tobacco industry would be able to use the agreement to pursue legal challen

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) has advocated for inclusion of a strong anti-tobacco provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade and investment agreement that recognizes the unique harms of tobacco products.

This report by the American Cancer Society and the World Lung Foundation provides information on tobacco's harm, tobacco use, tobacco industry activities, and tobacco control activities globally.

Tobacco Taxes Resources:

The economic model developed jointly by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (TFK), the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), and Tobacconomics  (a program of the University of Illinois at Chicago) projects the increase in state revenues, public health benefits, and health care cost savings resulting from increases in state cigarette tax rates.  

An increase in the federal cigarette excise tax of 94 cents per pack and a proportional tax increase on
other tobacco products have been proposed. These tax increases would produce significant public health
benefits and health care cost savings for the country.

This report from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and partners provides estimates of the public health, educational, social, and financial benefits for each state and the United States as a whole of the President’s proposal to increase the federal tobacco tax.