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

February 23, 2021
Maine

AUGUSTA – Later today, Gov. Janet Mills will deliver her State of the Budget address. Mills’ Biennial budget proposal includes a reduction in funding of $5 million per year in each year of the biennium for the state’s tobacco control program, a more than 30% cut from FY21 funding.

February 17, 2021
Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska—Cancer patients, survivors and volunteers met virtually with state lawmakers this week for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s Cancer Action Day to make fighting cancer a priority. "February is Cancer Prevention Month so it’s the perfect opportunity to talk about how to reduce death and suffering from

February 12, 2021
Maryland

ANNAPOLIS – Today, the Maryland Senate joined its colleagues in the House in voting to override Governor Hogan’s veto of a potentially lifesaving tobacco tax increase. Last March, lawmakers passed a bill (HB732), which included line items for increasing the state cigarette tax by $1.75 per pack and earmarking $18.25

February 10, 2021
Montana

HELENA, MT—Cancer patients, survivors and volunteers met virtually with state lawmakers this week during the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s Cancer Action Week to urge them to make fighting cancer a priority. "February is Cancer Prevention Month so it’s the perfect opportunity to talk about how to reduce death

Tobacco Control Resources

This joint statement from a consortium of public health organizations sets forth aspirational principles to help local and state health departments, decisionmakers, advocates, and other stakeholders advance equitable enforcement practices related to the purchase, possession, sale, and distribution of all tobacco products. These principles can also help address tobacco addiction and reduce tobacco-related harms while maintaining and improving the efficacy of enforcement of commercial tobacco laws and policies.

Los saborizantes son un arma de mercadotecnia que utilizan los fabricantes del tabaco para dirigir a los adolescentes y adultos jóvenes en general hacia una adicción de por vida. El uso de cualquier producto de tabaco saborizado en los jóvenes es preocupante porque los expone a toda una vida de adicción a la nicotina, enfermedades y muerte prematura.

Flavors are a marketing weapon the tobacco manufacturers use to target youth and young people to a lifetime of addiction. The use of any flavored tobacco product among youth is concerning because it exposes them to a lifetime of nicotine addiction, disease, and premature death.