Tobacco Control Press Releases
HELENA, MT—Cancer patients, survivors and volunteers met virtually with state lawmakers this week during the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s Cancer Action Week to urge them to make fighting cancer a priority.
Today is World Cancer Day and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network urges the legislature to protect funding for breast and cervical cancer screening and tobacco control efforts. ACS CAN is deeply concerned that the state’s proposed budget slashes approximately $2.5 million from Nevada’s already underfunded tobacco prevention program that was being used to address the youth e-cigarette epidemic.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Today, state legislators heard from cancer patients, survivors, and public health advocates during New Mexico’s virtual Tobacco Action Day.
Cancer patients, survivors and volunteer advocates from across Idaho will meet virtually this week with state lawmakers for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Cancer Week of Action. During the virtual meetings, the advocates will urge their lawmakers to support a cigarette tax increase of $1.50 per pack with an equal tax increase on all other tobacco products including e-cigarettes
JACKSON, MS – January 14, 2021 – The Mississippi Department of Corrections recently announced their decision to lift the policy that prohibits smoking inside prisons beginning February 1, 2021.
WASHINGTON, D.C – Yesterday, Councilmember Mary Cheh today was joined by eight councilmembers in reintroducing the Flavored Electronic Smoking Device Prohibition Amendment Act of 2021.
CONCORD, NH – As lawmakers dive into the new year, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) looks ahead to what public health initiatives our lawmakers can accomplish in the 2021 legislative session particularly in light of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
PORTLAND, Ore.— Beginning Friday, January 1, 2021, the tax on cigarettes will increase by $2 per pack and e-cigarettes will be taxed for the first time in Oregon, after voters overwhelming approved Measure 108 in November 2020.
The Missoula City Council passed an ordinance to restrict the sale of flavored e-cigarettes only. The Montana chapters of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), American Heart Association (AHA) and American Lung Association opposed the policy because it does not include menthol cigarettes and all other flavored tobacco products, leaving opportunities for Big Tobacco to continue marketing flavored products to youth.
Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death nationwide and is linked to at least 13 types of cancer. Reducing use of this deadly product is critical to our mission to end suffering and death from this disease. Given the industry’s known targeting of people with lower incomes, Black communities, American Indians, youth, and LGBTQ individuals, tobacco control efforts are also crucial to reduce cancer disparities in this country.