Prevention and Cessation Press Releases

April 25, 2018

ACS CAN Celebrates Senate Vote to Protect Kids from Tobacco Addiction

Today, the Illinois State Senate voted to raise the minimum age of tobacco sales to 21 years old. The bill now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration. Shana Crews, Illinois government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, released the following statement in response:

April 11, 2018

Cancer Survivors, Caregivers Rally at State Capitol for Improved Prevention

Nearly ninety cancer survivors, caregivers and advocates from across the state traveled to the Missouri State Capitol today to call on the General Assembly to make cancer a top legislative priority. Coaches from four state colleges joined volunteers in representation of the Coaches vs. Cancer initiative, a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

February 6, 2018

Public Health Coalition Protests Weakening of Florida Tobacco Prevention Program

Several of the largest public health organizations in the country are united in opposition to a Constitutional Revision Commission proposal that would strip language in the Florida constitution that ensures tobacco settlement money is invested in proven tobacco prevention and cessation strategies developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The coalition includes the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

January 30, 2018

New Legislation Aims to Reduce Youth Smoking Initiation

Fewer young people in Illinois would start smoking under a proposal to raise the minimum age of tobacco sales from 18 to 21 years old. State Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) and State Rep. Camille Lilly (D-Oak Park) introduced the legislation in Springfield today with the support of public health groups and community organizations.