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.

Latest Updates

May 3, 2022
Connecticut

Hartford, Conn.—Last night, the Connecticut House passed the state’s budget, which allocates $12 million for the state Tobacco Control and Health Trust Fund to fund critical tobacco prevention and cessation efforts. This budget investment comes after years of spending no money on tobacco control efforts in the state. The following

April 26, 2022

Legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives today aims to improve access to quality health care for and decrease health disparities in communities of color.

April 4, 2022
Kentucky

Statement from American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Government Relations Director Kristy Young FRANKFORT, KY. – “The Kentucky legislature passed the state’s operating budget, which flat funded the state’s tobacco control programs. Kentucky still has the second highest adult smoking rate in the country and 26% of

March 17, 2022
National

Tobacco use rates among US adults hit an all-time low, but rates remain high among certain populations according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today.

Prevention and Cessation Resources

While overall smoking rates have declined in recent years, smoking rates remain higher among specific subpopulations, including the LGBTQ+ community. These differences are in large part due to the tobacco industry’s targeted marketing through advertising, price discounting and other strategies.

While overall smoking rates have declined in recent years, smoking rates remain higher among specific subpopulations, including African Americans. These differences are in large part due to the tobacco industry’s targeted marketing through advertising, price discounting and other strategies.

This joint statement from a consortium of public health organizations sets forth aspirational principles to help local and state health departments, decisionmakers, advocates, and other stakeholders advance equitable enforcement practices related to the purchase, possession, sale, and distribution of all tobacco products. These principles can also help address tobacco addiction and reduce tobacco-related harms while maintaining and improving the efficacy of enforcement of commercial tobacco laws and policies.