Tobacco Regulation and Products Press Releases

April 1, 2024

White House Again Misses Deadline to Finalize FDA Rules Prohibiting Menthol Cigarettes and all Flavors in Cigars; Refuses to Address Public Health Disparities

Today, the White House again failed to meet their own deadline to finalize the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed rules to end the sale of menthol cigarettes and eliminate all flavors in cigars despite an overwhelming amount of evidence demonstrating menthol flavoring is a serious public health risk. 

December 13, 2023

Ohio House Turns Its Back on Ohio Kids

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) condemns the House for not standing up for the health of Ohioans and putting our children at greater risk of becoming Big Tobacco’s next customers. Instead of offering solutions to address the health of our residents, lawmakers have now limited what local governments can do to prevent people from starting to use tobacco and help people quit. 

December 6, 2023

Lives on the Line as White House Continues to Delay Finalizing Rules on Menthol in Cigarettes and Flavors in Cigars

Nearly two years after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its proposed rules to eliminate menthol in cigarettes and all flavors in cigars, the administration/White House announced today it will further delay release of final rules. Dr. Karen E. Knudsen, CEO of the American Cancer Society and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), released the following statement:

November 10, 2023

Tennessee Must Stand Up to Big Tobacco

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – Elected officials across the state must do more to support residents of Tennessee who want to quit using tobacco products, according to cancer patients, survivors and advocates who are marking the American Cancer Society’s 48th annual Great American Smokeout® on November 16, a day for people who use tobacco to create a plan to quit.

November 2, 2023

New Report: 2.8 Million Youth Report Current Use of Tobacco Products

New data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) found that more than 6.21 million youth reported ever using tobacco products and 2.8 million report current use (past 30 days) of any tobacco product in 2023.

September 7, 2023

ACS CAN Supports CDC’s “Empower Vape-Free Youth” Campaign

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) launched a new campaign, “Empower Vape-Free Youth,” which aims to empower educators to speak with youth about the risks associated with e-cigarettes and nicotine addiction and to encourage youth to avoid and/or quit e-cigarettes.