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

April 2, 2020
Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, Pa. — Starting next Monday, cancer patients and survivors from across Pennsylvania will begin making virtual asks of their state lawmakers to preserve Pennsylvania’s line item for tobacco prevention and cessation funding in the state budget.

April 2, 2020
New York

The New York State Legislature has ageed to a budget that addresses tobacco use. ACS CAN Senior New York Government Relations Director Julie Hart commented.

April 1, 2020
National

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After years of harmful delays by the FDA, a federal judge last July set a May 12, 2020, deadline for e-cigarette manufacturers to apply to the FDA and demonstrate a public health benefit in order to keep their products on the market. This deadline also applied to

March 31, 2020
Alaska

Anchorage, ALASKA – In the midst of these uncertain and challenging times, Anchorage voters have one week left to make their voices heard in the upcoming local election. Cancer doesn’t stop and neither does the work of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), which is why ACS

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 States.

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.