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

November 17, 2021

LANSING, MI – Cancer patients and survivors are marking the American Cancer Society's 46th annual Great American Smokeout tomorrow by calling on elected officials to protect the health of all Michigan residents by implementing strong tobacco control legislation. "Nearly 70% of people who currently smoke cigarettes want to quit, and

November 17, 2021

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California will hear oral arguments Thursday in a lawsuit brought by the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC), Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and the American Medical Association (AMA), claiming that the Food and Drug Administration’s

November 17, 2021

Denver, Colo . – November 17, 2021 – Today, the Denver City Council Safety, Housing, Education, and Homelessness Committee voted unanimously, 7-0, to end to the sale of many flavored tobacco products including e-cigarettes and menthol flavored products. However, the City Council Committee exempted hookah, pipe tobacco and premium cigars.

November 4, 2021

LANSING, MI – “Today, Gov. Whitmore signed into law legislation capping the tax on premium cigars at 50 cents per cigar. The Michigan legislature has again put Big Tobacco above the health of Michiganders by giving the industry a tax break. It is important that tobacco taxes apply to all

Tobacco Control Resources

In order to effectively reduce tobacco use, it is important to understand the impact of the retail availability of tobacco products. The presence of tobacco retailers can undermine a community’s ability to establish tobacco-free social norms by increasing accessibility to tobacco products including e-cigarettes and increasing exposure to tobacco industry point of sale advertising, marketing and promotions. 

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.