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

March 20, 2019
Michigan

Lansing, MI – March 20, 2019 – Today, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association and the American Lung Association mark Kick Butts Day by calling on Michigan’s lawmakers to reduce the toll of tobacco on Michiganders. As organizations dedicated to saving lives, we collectively continue to

March 18, 2019
Maryland

Earlier today, Maryland’s House of Delegates and Senate passed bills that would increase the state’s age of tobacco sales to 21. Because the bills have slight differences, they will likely go to conference committee to reach a settlement on the proposed language.

March 15, 2019
Ohio

Columbus, OH. – March 15, 2019 – Today Gov. Mike DeWine released his proposed FY 2020-2021 budget for Ohio. Jeff Stephens, director of government relations in Ohio for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), made the following statement in reaction. “As an organization dedicated to saving lives,

March 13, 2019
National

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance this morning outlining steps it will take to address the public health crisis that has resulted from surging rates of youth use of tobacco products, a trend being largely driven by access to and use of flavored

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.