Governor DeWine Receives National Distinguished Advocacy Award for Championing Lifesaving Tobacco Control Policy

The Award is the Highest Honor Presented by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

October 18, 2023

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Gov. Mike DeWine received the National Distinguished Advocacy Award today, the most prestigious award presented by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), in recognition of his significant contributions to advance Ohio’s tobacco control policy.
“ACS CAN honored Gov. DeWine’s commitment to preventing laws in Ohio that would have limited local governments efforts to reduce tobacco use and proposing to end the sale of flavored tobacco products to stop Big Tobacco’s deliberate marketing to Ohio’s youth,” said Lisa Lacasse, president of ACS CAN. “His long-standing history of supporting tobacco control legislation demonstrates his commitment to end cancer as we know it for everyone. ACS CAN looks forward to continued partnership on behalf of all who live, work and visit Ohio.”
“ACS CAN commends Gov. DeWine for continuing to take a stand for the health of Ohioans by standing up to Big Tobacco and prioritizing the health and safety of our youth,” said Leo Almeida, Ohio government relations director of ACS CAN. “Gov. DeWine knows that Ohio can and must do better when it comes to tobacco control and we look forward to continuing to work with the Governor to reduce the burden of tobacco on Ohioans.”

ACS CAN, the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, presents the annual award to select lawmakers who demonstrate outstanding leadership in cancer-related public policy advocacy. 


The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) advocates for evidence-based public policies to reduce the cancer burden for everyone. We engage our volunteers across the country to make their voices heard by policymakers at every level of government. We believe everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to prevent, detect, treat, and survive cancer. Since 2001, as the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN has successfully advocated for billions of dollars in cancer research funding, expanded access to quality affordable health care, and advanced proven tobacco control measures. We stand with our volunteers, working to make cancer a top priority for policymakers in cities, states and our nation’s capital. Join the fight by visiting

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