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No one should have to choose between their job and their health.  And the science clearly shows that secondhand smoke causes cancer, even for those who have never smoked a cigarette. 

We are working in local communities across the nation to make restaurants, bars, casinos and all workplaces smoke-free, protecting all workers from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Nearly 60 percent of people across the country are protected by comprehensive smoke-free laws where they work.

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It's time to protect everyone’s right to breathe clean smoke-free air!

No one should have to choose between their health and their job. Show your support for giving all employees the right to work in a place where smoking isn't allowed.

Latest Updates

February 13, 2019
North Dakota

Bismarck, ND - February 13, 2019 “After weeks of airing our urgent concerns, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) thanks the North Dakota Senate for voting down legislation today that would have reversed important public health gains in the state by exempting cigars from the state’s smoke-free

February 6, 2019
New Mexico

There are a few different tobacco related bills passing through their first House committee hearings.

February 1, 2019
Maryland

MGM Resorts has announced it is withdrawing its request to build an indoor smoking area at MGM National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Maryland. This is good news for the health and safety of Maryland’s casino workforce, customers, and the public.

Cancer Candor Blog
December 14, 2018

Two decades have passed since states reached a landmark legal settlement that required major tobacco companies to pay states more than $246 billion over time as compensation for the health costs related to the suffering, death and disease caused by their dangerous products. Each year, ACS CAN and public health

Smoke-free Resources

The Surgeon General’s reported in 20061 and again 20102 that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS).

Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard. Ventilation technologies do not sufficiently protect individuals from the harmful effects of breathing in secondhand smoke.

Tobacco users are not the only ones who breathe its deadly smoke - all the people around them are forced to inhale it too. Secondhand smoke causes more than 42,000 deaths, including more than 7,000 lung cancer deaths among nonsmoking adults each year.