Gov. DeSantis Signs Bill That Would Worsen Today's Youth Tobacc Epidemic

Statement from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network in Reaction

May 12, 2021

TALLAHASSEE, FL – May 7, 2021 – Today, Gov. Ron DeSantis officially signed Senate bill 1080 into law – a bill disguised as a solution to today’s youth tobacco epidemic. Below is a statement on behalf of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network in reaction.  

"As tobacco use continues to be the most preventable cause of disease and death in our state, we're concerned and anxious to see the impacts of the bill once it becomes law. State interference into local tobacco issues benefit no one but the industry responsible for today's youth tobacco crisis. When our laws empower them, it's only Florida families that suffer.

“Still, moments like these reignite our mission. We’ll continue to fight at all levels of government for true, just protections for Florida’s kids from deadly tobacco addiction, and against the multi-billion dollar industry that targets them. At such a pivotal moment for the health of our communities - and the next generation of Floridians - we hope others join us in the fight."


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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