Legislative Action Needed to Reduce the Burden of Cancer

It’s Time for the Legislature to Act to Reduce the burden of Cancer in Mississippi

January 4, 2022

JACKSON, MS – As lawmakers dive into the 2022 legislative session, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) urges legislators to prioritize proven tobacco control measures and access to care, both of which will ease the burden of cancer on Mississippi residents. 

“Expanding Medicaid would ensure that more Mississippi residents have access to healthcare,” said Kimberly Hughes, ACS CAN government relations director. “Healthcare coverage through expanded Medicaid would help improve access to primary care, preventive services, diagnostic testing and cancer treatment.”

ACS CAN is also advocating for a cigarette tax increase of $1.50 per pack, paralleled with an increase on all other tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. A significant tobacco tax increase is one of the most effective ways to help adults who are addicted quit and prevent youth from ever starting.


About ACS CAN at 20 
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 saves lives. 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 made workplaces, including restaurants and bars, smoke-free. As we mark our 20th anniversary, we’re more determined than ever to stand together with our volunteers and save more lives from cancer. Join the fight by visiting  

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