Tobacco Control

Share

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.

Take Action

Photo of a woman breaking a cigarette in half

Congress: Support Strong Tobacco Control Legislation

Ask your member of Congress to support strong tobacco control legislation to protect youth from a lifetime of addiction.

Latest Updates

December 6, 2019
Wyoming

Casper, WY– The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is hosting its annual forum in Casper on December 11. It will focus on the rising rate of e-cigarette use in Wyoming. This policy forum topic comes amid skyrocketing rates of e-cigarette use among teens with nearly 36% of

Cancer Candor Blog
December 6, 2019

The fight to stop the tobacco industry’s dangerous hold on our country’s health is ever-changing and demands strong, comprehensive public policy change.

December 6, 2019
North Dakota

BISMARCK, ND - The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and Tobacco Free North Dakota celebrate seven years of the statewide smoke-free law that protects all North Dakotans from secondhand smoke, including the aerosol from e-cigarettes. On December 6, 2012, all public places and places of employment in

December 5, 2019
California

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) issues this statement from Managing Director Jim Knox following the vote by the Los Angeles City Council’s Committee on Health, Education, Neighborhoods, Parks, Arts and River today to restrict flavored tobacco sales: “The American Cancer Society

Tobacco Control Resources

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.

Cigarette smoking is responsible for about one-third of all cancer deaths in the nation overall. A new study from the American Cancer Society provides state-level estimates of the number of adult deaths from smoking in 2014.