Leading Public Health Organizations Celebrate Steps Taken to Reduce Toll of Tobacco in Maryland

Joint statement from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

May 16, 2024

Today, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids issued the following statement:

“The Maryland General Assembly and the Moore-Miller Administration made significant progress in tobacco control and reducing youth access during this year’s legislative session. We commend their support and investment in three key policies that will help to decrease smoking, decrease youth access to tobacco/vaping and create a healthier Maryland. Today’s signing of laws that improve the Clean Indoor Air Act and increase the state’s tobacco tax come on the heels of last week’s signing of the Tobacco Retail Modernization Act of 2024.   

“The Clean Indoor Air Act was passed in 2007 and has since protected families and workers from secondhand smoke where they eat, live and play. The General Assembly and Governor recognized new threats from secondhand smoke generated from electronic smoking devices and cannabis, and rightfully responded by adding these second-hand smoke sources to the Clean Indoor Air Act. It is essential that we protect all Marylanders from secondhand smoke.

“It has been clearly established that there is no safe level of exposure to toxic secondhand smoke.[1]  U.S. Surgeon Generals have affirmed this. Secondhand smoke is an occupational health hazard for many workers, but one that is entirely preventable. The only effective way to fully protect nonsmokers from exposure to secondhand smoke is to completely eliminate smoking in all indoor public spaces. 

“The Clean Indoor Air Act update also creates a workgroup to explore the concerning increase of so-called “cigar bars.” These spaces are in clear violation of the spirit and intent of the Clean Indoor Air Act and we look forward to engaging with the work group to ensure that defense of the Clean Indoor Air Act is the highest priority.  

“Maryland made strong progress in tobacco control and access enforcement with the passage of the Tobacco Retail Modernization Act (SB1056/HB1180). In addition, the state is raising the tax on tobacco products, including a $1.25/pack increase on cigarettes, one of the most effective ways to reduce tobacco use. We applaud Maryland General Assembly leaders for these actions.

“As public health organizations, we look forward to continuing to work with the Maryland General Assembly and the Moore-Miller Administration to fight for the health and well-being of all Marylanders by pursuing evidence-based policy solutions that save lives from tobacco use, the leading cause of preventable death in this country.” 




The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) makes cancer a top priority for policymakers at every level of government. ACS CAN empowers volunteers across the country to make their voices heard to influence evidence-based public policy change that improves the lives of people with cancer and their families. We believe everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, 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’re more determined than ever to stand together with our volunteers to end cancer as we know it, for everyone. Join the fight by visiting


About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for a century. During 2024 - our Centennial year - we celebrate our rich 100-year history and accomplishments. As we forge ahead into our second century of bold discovery and impact our vision is to advance health and hope for everyone, everywhere. Connect with us on, Facebook, X or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.


About the American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Platinum-Level GuideStar Member, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: To support the work of the American Lung Association, find a local event at


Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is the leading advocacy organization working to reduce tobacco use and its deadly consequences in the United States and around the world. Through strategic communications and policy advocacy campaigns, we promote the adoption of evidence-based policies that are most effective at reducing tobacco use and save the most lives. 

[1] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Coordinating Center for Health Promotion, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2006.

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