MEDIA ADVISORY--ACS CAN to Hold Moment of Silence Honoring 37 New Yorkers Lost Daily to a Cancer Linked to Cigarette Smoking

Lights of Hope Display Will Accompany Moment of Silence at the Capitol Today

March 15, 2023

ALBANY, NY—MARCH 15, 2023— As state budget negotiations heat up, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) will release an analysis showing the annual number of New Yorkers diagnosed with a cancer linked to tobacco use and the number of lives lost to a cancer linked to cigarette smoking. The analysis is based on the 12 types of cancer linked to tobacco use and cigarette smoking and the number of cases and deaths from those cancers each year between 2015-2019 according to the New York State Department of Health Cancer Registry.

ACS CAN will release the analysis surrounded by Lights of Hope, displaying 37 candles for the 37 New Yorkers who will die from a cancer linked to cigarette smoking each day in New York State. Cancer advocates will be in attendance to hold a moment of silence honoring those lost.


WHAT:                ACS CAN cancer analysis release, Lights of Hope display and moment of silence

WHO:                  Cancer advocates, volunteers, survivors

WHERE:              New York State Capitol, Floor 3, Hallway between Senate Lobby & LCA Press Offices

WHEN:                Wednesday, March 15, 1:00pm



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

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Casey O'Neill
Senior Regional Media Advocacy Manager