Prevention and Cessation

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We have launched campaigns in cities and states across the nation to prevent stores from selling tobacco products to people under age 21.  Already passed in California, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey, and Oregon, and hundreds of cities, this change promises to make it less likely that children become addicted to tobacco products.

Overall, 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. 

Together, these programs and our Tobacco 21 campaign 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 8 percent of high school kids and 15.5 percent of adults smoking cigarettes.

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Latest Updates

March 16, 2020
Kentucky

Frankfort, KY – This Wednesday, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) recognizes the 25th anniversary of Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action, formerly known as Kick Butts Day, by calling on Kentucky lawmakers to reduce the toll of tobacco in the Commonwealth. Despite having the highest

March 6, 2020
West Virginia

Charleston, W. Va.–The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is encouraged to see the West Virginia legislature passing legislation to reduce the toll of tobacco in the state, but the legislature missed a big opportunity by cutting the funding that was originally included that would have boosted programs

March 5, 2020
National

Washington, D.C., —Advocates, experts, and patients will gather for a briefing on Capitol Hill today to highlight progress made for patients since the passage of the Affordable Care Act. The law, passed 10 years ago March 23, has expanded access to health coverage to millions of Americans and put in

March 5, 2020
National

Washington, D.C., —Advocates, experts, and patients will gather for a briefing on Capitol Hill today to highlight progress made for patients since the passage of the Affordable Care Act. The law, passed 10 years ago March 23, has expanded access to health coverage to millions of Americans and put in

Prevention and Cessation Resources

Los saborizantes son un arma de mercadotecnia que utilizan los fabricantes del tabaco para dirigir a los adolescentes y adultos jóvenes en general hacia una adicción de por vida. El uso de cualquier producto de tabaco saborizado en los jóvenes es preocupante porque los expone a toda una vida de adicción a la nicotina, enfermedades y muerte prematura.

Flavors are a marketing weapon the tobacco manufacturers use to target youth and young people to a lifetime of addiction. The use of any flavored tobacco product among youth is concerning because it exposes them to a lifetime of nicotine addiction, disease, and premature death.

The U.S. Secretary of HHS, U.S. Surgeon General, and Commissioner of the FDA have all declared youth e-cigarette use to be an epidemic. E-cigarette use among high school students has risen by 78 percent in the last year and 48 percent among middle school students. Furthermore, e-cigarette use is most common among younger adults – not older adults. Action is needed to reverse these trends.