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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It's time to protect everyone’s right to breathe clean smoke-free air!

No one should have to choose between their health and their job. Show your support for giving all employees the right to work in a place where smoking isn't allowed.

Latest Updates

February 13, 2019
Virginia

The Richmond Times Dispatch printed a letter to the editor that was submitted by ACS CAN Volunteer Mary Baker. Her letter states that "all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, should be regulated in the same manner, in the same place in the code, and in accordance with evidence-based best practices."

February 11, 2019
National

Washington, D.C. – Overall tobacco use among middle and high school students is on the rise driven largely by the overwhelming increase in youth e-cigarette use, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today. According to the report, 4.9 million middle and

February 11, 2019
New York

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network • American Heart Association American Lung Association • American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation • Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids • The Children’s Agenda • Children’s Defense Fund-New York • Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York • Community Health Care Association of New York State •

February 6, 2019
Connecticut

"While suspensions and expulsions in Connecticut schools are on the decline, the incidence of such disciplinary action in connection with vaping is increasing dramatically, according to a report released Wednesday by the state Department of Education." Read Full Article

Tobacco Control Resources

In this report, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network highlights what’s at stake if Congress does not approve of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement with the tobacco provision.  Without this provision, the tobacco industry would be able to use the agreement to pursue legal challen

January 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the landmark Surgeon General’s Report linking smoking to lung cancer.

The Health Consequences of Smoking – 50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General calls for an integrated national tobacco control strategy of expanded implementation of tobacco control measures and new “end game” strategies to meet the vision of a society free of tobacco-related death and disease. 

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