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:

Cigars pose a real danger to the long-term health of all Americans – and to young people especially – yet government regulation of cigars lags behind that of cigarettes and e-cigarettes. 

This factsheet provides an overview of ACS CAN's tobacco control priorities.

This factsheet provides state-specific numbers and proprotions of smoking-related cancer cases and deaths.

This factsheet provides a summary of the modified risk tobacco producat application process at FDA and ACS CAN's position.

This joint statement from a consortium of public health organizations sets forth aspirational principles to help local and state health departments, decisionmakers, advocates, and other stakeholders advance equitable enforcement practices related to the purchase, possession, sale, and distribution of all tobacco products. These principles can also help address tobacco addiction and reduce tobacco-related harms while maintaining and improving the efficacy of enforcement of commercial tobacco laws and policies.

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:

Cigars pose a real danger to the long-term health of all Americans – and to young people especially – yet government regulation of cigars lags behind that of cigarettes and e-cigarettes. 

This factsheet provides a summary of the modified risk tobacco producat application process at FDA and ACS CAN's position.

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and Truth Initiative present the following principles FDA should use when implementing the premarket review process for tobacco products.

This factsheet provides a summary of the premarket review requirements and status of FDA's enforcement of the requirements.

A comment letter which details why 22nd Century Group's modified risk tobacco product application should be denied by the Food and Drug Administration.

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.

Smoke Free Resources:

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.

Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard. Ventilation technologies do not sufficiently protect individuals from the harmful effects of breathing in secondhand smoke.The only effective way to fully protect nonsmokers from exposure to secondhand smoke is to eliminate smoking in indoor public spaces.

ACS CAN advocates for comprehensive smoke-free laws in all workplaces to protect workers and the public from the harmful effects of secondhand exposure and to create communities that support tobacco-free living. 

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.

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.

Tobacco Taxes Resources:

Tobacco tax increases are endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General as a highly effective tobacco control strategy because increasing price is proven to reduce smoking, especially among youth and low-income populations. The health impact of tobacco tax increases can be magnified by utilizing the revenue from tax increases to help fund state tobacco prevention and cessation programs. These programs can counter the tobacco industry’s targeting of vulnerable populations while providing resources to support those trying to quit and other health programs that directly benefit populations with higher tobacco use and deaths due to tobacco, including low-income communities. 

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) calls on lawmakers to reject any attempts to reduce or eliminate taxes on any tobacco products. ACS CAN supports a comprehensive approach to tobacco control that includes regular and significant increases in the excise taxes on all forms of tobacco, fully funding effective tobacco prevention and cessation programs, and creating 100% smoke-free environments.

Increasing tobacco taxes is one of the best ways to reduce tobacco use. It is important that tax increases apply to all tobacco products at an equivalent rate to encourage people to quit rather than switch to a cheaper product as well as to prevent youth from starting to use any tobacco product.

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.  

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) supports a comprehensive approach to tobacco control that includes significantly increasing excise taxes on all forms of tobacco.