Tobacco Control


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

October 19, 2021

ACS CAN President Lisa Lacasse expresses concern over FDA's approval of four flavored tobacco products.

October 12, 2021

The Food and Drug Administration announced this afternoon it has issued marketing orders for the first e-cigarette products authorized by the agency.

September 30, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. —According to a study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, more than two million middle and high school students report using e-cigarettes in 2021, 85% of whom say they use flavored e-cigarette products. The study, based on

September 29, 2021

San Jose, Calif . – The San Jose City Council voted unanimously last night to end to the sale of many flavored tobacco products including menthol cigarettes, flavored e-cigarettes and flavored cigars. The action, once final, would make San Jose the largest city in the country to end the sale

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.