Volunteers Urge Lawmakers to Prioritize Tobacco Prevention in Idaho

Cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers host lawmakers during legislative breakfast

January 31, 2023

BOISE, IDAHO - The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) hosted a legislative breakfast this morning at the Idaho State Capitol. ACS CAN volunteers, including cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers advocated for policies and appropriations to reduce the toll tobacco is taking on Idahoans. 

ACS CAN hosts Cancer Action Day at Idaho State CapitolVolunteers met with lawmakers, including Minority Caucus Chair, Idaho State Sen. Janet Ward-Engelking (D). Cancer survivors and advocates highlighted the importance of enacting prevention policies that help people quit tobacco and deter kids from ever using tobacco products.


ACS CAN is making the following fact-based policies a priority in Idaho this legislative session:

  • Smart investment of JUUL Settlement Funds: ACS CAN will advocate for all $8.3 million given to Idaho from the $438.5 million JUUL settlement be allocated to tobacco prevention and control programs. Highlighting that Lawmakers have an opportunity to reduce the enormous harm caused by cigarettes and Big Tobacco.
  • Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding:  ACS CAN will work to maintain funding for the Idaho Millennium Fund as established. As part of this, they will work to ensure that dollars allocated to the state through the Master Settlement Agreement are dedicated to reducing the toll of tobacco in Idaho, with a focus on tobacco use, prevention, cessation, and education.

More than 10,000 Idahoans are expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year, with more than 3,000 expected to die. It is vital lawmakers act to prevent cancers caused by tobacco use.  

To get involved, visit or follow ACS CAN Idaho on Twitter.

FileACS CAN hosts 'Cancer Action Day' in Idaho


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