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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Congress: Support Strong Tobacco Control Legislation

Ask your member of Congress to support strong tobacco control legislation to protect youth from a lifetime of addiction.

Latest Updates

December 9, 2019
Arizona

PHOENIX — Nearly three in four Arizona voters support establishing a licensing structure for retailers wanting to sell tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, according to a new poll. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network of Arizona proposed the question on a survey conducted by OH Predictive Insights to 900

December 6, 2019
Wyoming

Casper, WY– The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is hosting its annual forum in Casper on December 11. It will focus on the rising rate of e-cigarette use in Wyoming. This policy forum topic comes amid skyrocketing rates of e-cigarette use among teens with nearly 36% of

Cancer Candor Blog
December 6, 2019

The fight to stop the tobacco industry’s dangerous hold on our country’s health is ever-changing and demands strong, comprehensive public policy change.

December 6, 2019
North Dakota

BISMARCK, ND - The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and Tobacco Free North Dakota celebrate seven years of the statewide smoke-free law that protects all North Dakotans from secondhand smoke, including the aerosol from e-cigarettes. On December 6, 2012, all public places and places of employment in

Tobacco Control 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.

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 States.