Tobacco Control


Tobacco products are projected to kill one billion people worldwide this century. And the industry is showing no signs of slowing down, spending more than $9 billion on marketing each year. 

Despite the industry's deceptive and deadly practices, ACS CAN continues to have enormous success passing local, state and federal laws that prevent children from smoking, help adults quit and ensure the government uses its authority to regulate tobacco industry practices.

While our work has had an enormous impact on youth cigarette use - now at historic lows - the use of e-cigarettes among kids is skyrocketing.  This further reinforces the importance of continuing this lifesaving work.

Latest Updates

May 6, 2021

TALLAHASSEE, FL – May 6, 2021 –The Florida Legislature last Wednesday passed SB 1080 – a bill disguised as a solution to today’s youth tobacco epidemic. Below is a statement on behalf of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, and Preventing Tobacco

May 6, 2021

Phoenix, Ariz. – Today the Arizona Senate voted 18 to 10 to support Big Tobacco over Arizona kids. The Senate passed a tobacco industry bill that would strip the right of local communities to protect their kids from deadly tobacco products and help people already addicted to quit. A

May 3, 2021
New York

ACS CAN has kicked off NYC Week of Action by delivering letters to Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Johnson asking for support for tobacco control as well as early detection and preveention.

May 3, 2021

LAS VEGAS—Cancer patients, survivors and advocates from across Nevada will meet virtually this week with Nevada lawmakers during the state’s Cancer Action Week, hosted by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). During online meetings, phone calls and emails, the group will urge their legislators to support policies

Tobacco Control Resources

Because JUUL’s products continue to have the largest share of the e-cigarette market, and therefore presumably are undergoing expedited review, we write at this time to express our conclusion that based on all of the publicly available evidence, no JUUL product currently on the market can meet the statutory public health standard. Therefore, they should not receive a marketing order.

Menthol in cigarettes increases smoking initiation, decreases successful quitting, and leads to greater addiction. The tobacco industry has used menthol for decades to intentionally and aggressively target certain communities for addiction to their deadly products. As a result, African Americans consistently report the highest prevalence of menthol cigarette use.

ACS CAN supports a federal prohibition and state and local sales restrictions on menthol cigarettes as part of comprehensive policy to remove all flavored tobacco products.