Prevention and Cessation


Our work to reduce tobacco use has led to funding for highly successful quitlines and youth programs that educate children about the perils of using tobacco, including cigarettes, hookah and e-cigarettes. 

These programs will help prevent children from starting a deadly tobacco addiction and help more adults quit. 

Smoking rates are at their lowest levels in decades, with 1.9 percent of high school kids and 11.5 percent of adults smoking cigarettes.

Latest Updates

February 19, 2024

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) calls on Tennessee lawmakers to appropriate more money to the state’s tobacco control program, which provides invaluable resources to help people quit tobacco and prevent others, including vulnerable children, from starting habits that lead to dangerous addictions. The

January 30, 2024

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – More than 50 cancer patients, survivors and their families and caregivers from throughout Tennessee will be out in force at the State Capitol on Tuesday, January 30 to ask legislators to support funding and policies to reduce the burden of cancer on Tennesseans. The visit is

January 17, 2024
New York

ALBANY, NY – JANUARY 17, 2024 – With her budget address yesterday, the character of Governor Hochul’s 2024 legislative agenda comes into focus, leading advocates to react and highlight opportunities to reduce the cancer burden in New York in 2024. The following is a statement from the American Cancer Society

January 8, 2024

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – January 8, 2024 – With the 2024 legislative session set to begin Tuesday, here is a statement from Maddie Bushnell Michael, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Tennessee government relations director: “As Tennessee lawmakers dive into the 2024 legislative session, ACS CAN urges

Prevention and Cessation Resources

Pharmacies can offer an additional opportunity to aid individuals wanting to quit tobacco by providing immediate support and access to FDA-approved cessation medications.

Tobacco use causes about one-third of cancer deaths in the nation overall, but the burden varies by state.

Tobacco use has been found to be one of the primary drivers of cancer-related health disparities because its use disproportionately impacts people based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, mental health, income level, education level, and geographic location. Achieving health equity relies heavily on eliminating tobacco use. ACS CAN is pursuing fact-based tobacco control policies at the local, state and federal levels that aim to reduce disparities and improve health outcomes for everyone.