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

July 6, 2021
Hawaii

HONOLULU — Governor Ige vetoed House Bill 1296 today that would have repealed Hawaii’s successful Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund. Following is a statement from Cynthia Au, Hawaii government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network: “Hawaii has a long and successful history of reducing tobacco

July 1, 2021
Ohio

Statement from American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Government Relations Director Bryan Hannon Columbus, OH – “Today, Gov. Mike DeWine signed the state’s two-year operating budget into law, increasing funding to the Ohio Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program (TUPCP) by 20 percent. The budget also maintains

June 10, 2021
Louisiana

Statement from American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Government Relations Director Kimberly Hughes Baton Rouge, LA –“The Louisiana legislature recently passed legislation that will improve access to care for cancer patients through co-pay accumulator legislation and the expansion of coverage for biomarker testing. “Many cancer patients have

June 1, 2021
Hawaii

On the heels of World No Tobacco Day , leading public health organizations urge Governor Ige to veto House Bill 1296 that would repeal Hawaii's successful tobacco control trust fund and eliminate funding for tobacco prevention and cessation efforts.

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 Health and Human Services (HHS), U.S. Surgeon General, and Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have all declared youth e-cigarette use to be an epidemic. E-cigarettes are the most used tobacco product among youth and, like any tobacco product, are unsafe. E-cigarette use is also most common among younger adults. Action is urgently needed to reverse these dangerous trends.