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ACS CAN Eager to Work with the Legislature to Improve the Health of Tennesseans

January 12, 2021

NASHVILLE, TN – As lawmakers dive into the new year, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) asks that legislators support legislation that will ease the burden of cancer in Tennessee. Long after this pandemic passes, people deserve to live full, healthy lives.

ACS CAN is advocating for: 

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding: restore funding for the Tennessee Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program, which currently receives no funding. Restoring funding is a vital first step in protecting Tennessee's youth from tobacco and helping those already using tobacco quit. This is especially important in 2021, given the skyrocketing youth tobacco use rates. 

Even in these uncertain times, people are still hearing the words "you have cancer" for the first time, including the 41,980 Tennessee residents who will be diagnosed with cancer this year.

ACS CAN volunteers look forward to meeting with lawmakers during ACS CAN's Cancer Action Week February 23rd-25th. ACS CAN encourages individuals, businesses and organizations that are interested in these issues to reach out to ACS CAN to get involved in the fight against cancer at:


The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is making cancer a top priority for public officials and candidates at the federal, state and local levels. ACS CAN empowers advocates across the country to make their voices heard and influence evidence-based public policy change as well as legislative and regulatory solutions that will reduce the cancer burden. As the American Cancer Society's nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN is critical to the fight for a world without cancer. For more information, visit

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