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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September 17, 2020
Massachusetts

BOSTON – Massachusetts Rep. Danielle Gregoire and Massachusetts Sen. John Keenan each received the National Distinguished Advocacy Award this week, the most prestigious award presented by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), in recognition of their significant contributions to the fight against cancer. Both were recognized for

September 11, 2020
Florida

TALLAHASSEE, FL – September 9, 2020 – Today, Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed SB 810. The statement below is issued on behalf of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation/Tobacco21 in reaction. “While we appreciate

September 9, 2020

Today, September 9, is the court-ordered deadline for manufacturers of e-cigarettes and certain other tobacco products to apply to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to keep their products on the market.

August 20, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released results from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) showing the rates of adolescents who use any tobacco product has increased significantly in the last two years (19.5% in 2017 – 36.5% in 2019) and half (50.1%) of

Tobacco Control Resources

Los saborizantes son un arma de mercadotecnia que utilizan los fabricantes del tabaco para dirigir a los adolescentes y adultos jóvenes en general hacia una adicción de por vida. El uso de cualquier producto de tabaco saborizado en los jóvenes es preocupante porque los expone a toda una vida de adicción a la nicotina, enfermedades y muerte prematura.

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.