Tobacco Control

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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.

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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

April 19, 2019
California

SACRAMENTO - Calif. - Long-time San Francisco volunteer cancer control advocate Bob Gordon received the highly coveted Capitol Dome Award during this year’s 2019 Cancer Action Day at the Capitol on April 9, 2019. Presented by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) on

April 19, 2019
National

Washington, D.C. – Media reports indicate Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) intends to introduce legislation to raise the purchase age for tobacco products from 18 to 21. Lisa Lacasse, president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) issued the following statement: “We’re encouraged to see Senate

April 18, 2019
Florida

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida House Commerce Committee has approved a bill, sponsored by Representative Spencer Roach (R – North Ft. Myers) that would strip communities of their authority to regulate tobacco marketing, which would undermine decades of successful tobacco control work around the state. Following is a statement is from

April 18, 2019
Colorado

DENVER, Colo.— The Colorado House of Representatives today passed a bill with a vote of 48-17 to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and workplaces. House Bill 1076 will update the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act to include e-cigarettes and remove exemptions for assisted living homes, small

Tobacco Control Resources

For the past 20 years – since the states settled their lawsuits against the major tobacco companies in November 1998 – we have issued annual reports assessing how well the states have kept their promise to use a significant portion of their settlement funds to combat tobacco use in the United Sta

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.

The use of tobacco products remains the nation’s number one cause of preventable death, killing more than 480,000 Americans each year. That is why the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) have long been engaged in the fight against tobacco.