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.

Latest Updates

June 29, 2021
District Of Columbia

The Washington, DC City Council has passed legislation that prohibits the sale of some flavored tobacco products. There is an exemption for hookah. ACS CAN Washington, DC Government Relations Director Jocelyn Collins reacts.

June 29, 2021
North Carolina

RALEIGH, NC – June 29, 2021 – Last week, Senate lawmakers passed their final version of the budget – dedicating zero funding for the state’s tobacco prevention programs amid skyrocketing youth tobacco use. “Our kids are worth more than zero,” said Derwin Montgomery, ACS CAN Government Relations Director in

June 29, 2021
Maine

AUGUSTA – The Maine Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee has finalized a budget deal without including Governor Mills’ provision to end the sale of menthol and all flavored tobacco products. They also failed to include $5 million/year in additional funding for the state’s tobacco control program. Advocacy groups

June 22, 2021
Connecticut

HARTFORD – Today, Phillip Morris International (PMI) announced its intention to relocate the company’s corporate headquarters from New York to Connecticut. The following statement can be attributed to Amber Herting, a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) in Connecticut: “Whether across the country or

Tobacco Control Resources

Menthol in cigarettes increases smoking initiation, decreases successful quitting, and leads to greater addiction. The tobacco industry has used menthol for decades to intentionally and aggressively target certain communities for addiction to their deadly products. As a result, African Americans consistently report the highest prevalence of menthol cigarette use.

ACS CAN supports a federal prohibition and state and local sales restrictions on menthol cigarettes as part of comprehensive policy to remove all flavored tobacco products.

The U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), U.S. Surgeon General, and Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have all declared youth e-cigarette use to be an epidemic. E-cigarettes are the most used tobacco product among youth and, like any tobacco product, are unsafe. E-cigarette use is also most common among younger adults. Action is urgently needed to reverse these dangerous trends.

This factsheet provides an overview of how tobacco control policies can help achieve health equity.