October 24: ACS CAN Utah Policy Summit Highlights Youth Tobacco and E-cigarette Epidemic, Potential Policy Solutions

October 23, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah—Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the nation. This year roughly 1,300 Utah adults will die from smoking and 800 kids under age 18 will become new daily smokers. Additionally, $542 million in annual health care costs in Utah can be attributed to smoking.

On Thursday, October 24, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) in Utah hosts its annual Utah Cancer Summit, which will focus this year on addressing Utah’s tobacco burden, including the alarming epidemic of youth e-cigarette use, and examine potential policy solutions. Medical experts, state legislators and public health advocates will discuss the impact of tobacco in Utah, the latest data showing tobacco use among Utah’s youth and evidence-based public policy solutions that can reduce tobacco use.

The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP or learn more about the event and speakers, visit:

WHAT:           ACS CAN Utah Cancer Summit: Utah’s Tobacco Burden and Potential Policy Solutions  

­­­­­­­­WHEN:          Thursday, October 24 – 8:30 – 11 a.m.

WHERE:         University of Utah Health Sciences Education Building, Room 2110; 26 South East, Salt Lake City.

WHO:             Speakers include:

  • 9:10 – 9:30 a.m.: Dr. Clarke Low, director of thoracic oncology, Intermountain Healthcare, who will speak about the cost of tobacco use in Utah;
  • 9:30 – 9:45 a.m.: Braden Ainsworth, Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, Utah Department of Public Health;
  • 9:45 – 10:30 a.m.: Panel discussion – Steve Hanson, Salt Lake County Health Department; Joyce Ah You, The Queen Center; Jordan Osborne; ACS CAN volunteer advocate
  • 10:30 – 10:50 a.m.: State Representative Jennifer Dailey-Provost (D-24th)


Media welcome before, during or immediately following event.  To schedule interviews, contact Noe Baker at [email protected] or call 503-729-2919.

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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Noe Baker
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