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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Urge the FDA to say "no" to Big Tobacco's use of flavors in their products!

For years, Big Tobacco has used flavored products and predatory marketing practices to lure kids and communities of color to their deadly products. This needs to stop. 

Latest Updates

February 20, 2024
Alaska

Cancer patients, survivors and their families and caregivers from throughout Alaska gathered Tuesday at the Capitol building to ask legislators to prioritize public health over the profit margin of the Tobacco Industry.

February 19, 2024
Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) calls on Tennessee lawmakers to appropriate more money to the state’s tobacco control program, which provides invaluable resources to help people quit tobacco and prevent others, including vulnerable children, from starting habits that lead to dangerous addictions. The

February 12, 2024
West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Today, cancer patients, survivors and caregivers from across the state traveled to the Capitol in Charleston to meet with their elected officials. They let their lawmakers know that West Virginia can and must do better to prevent cancer and reduce suffering and death by reducing

February 8, 2024
Connecticut

HARTFORD, CT – This year, in Connecticut, 23,550 people will hear the words, “You have cancer,” and 6,440 will lose their lives to cancer. Yesterday, Gov. Ned Lamont gave his annual state budget address, proposing slashing funding to life-saving cancer prevention and control programs, including suspension of tobacco control

Tobacco Control Resources

Pharmacies can offer an additional opportunity to aid individuals wanting to quit tobacco by providing immediate support and access to FDA-approved cessation medications.

Tobacco use causes about one-third of cancer deaths in the nation overall, but the burden varies by state.

Tobacco use has been found to be one of the primary drivers of cancer-related health disparities because its use disproportionately impacts people based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, mental health, income level, education level, and geographic location. Achieving health equity relies heavily on eliminating tobacco use. ACS CAN is pursuing fact-based tobacco control policies at the local, state and federal levels that aim to reduce disparities and improve health outcomes for everyone.