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

January 16, 2020
Missouri

Jefferson City, MO – January 15, 2020 – Eleven thousand Missourians will die this year from smoking-related diseases. And while Missouri has one of the highest adult smoking rates in the nation, Governor Mike Parson revealed that the state budget allocates virtually no additional funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs.

January 14, 2020
Ohio

Columbus, Ohio – As lawmakers dive into the new year, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is pursuing legislation that will ease the burden of cancer in Ohio. The latest edition of the ACS CAN’s How Do You Measure Up? report shows that Ohio can do

January 14, 2020
Tennessee

Nashville, TN – As lawmakers dive into the new year, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is asking that legislators support legislation that will ease the burden of cancer in Tennessee. The latest edition of the ACS CAN’s How Do You Measure Up? report shows that

January 13, 2020
South Dakota

Pierre, S.D. – Data from the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey show youth use of e-cigarettes in high schools has skyrocketed, with a 135% increase over the past two years. Survey results also show that 27.5% of high school students used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days. Nearly

Prevention and Cessation Resources

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.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) supports raising the minimum age for sale of all tobacco products to age 21 with strong retailer compliance and active enforcement as part of its comprehensive strategy to reduce youth initiation.