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July 21, 2017
Texas

Tobacco use remains Texas’ leading preventable cause of death and is the leading cause of cancer deaths in Texas. An estimated 28,000 Texans die annually from tobacco-related illnesses. Texas spends nearly $9 billion in annual health care costs directly caused by smoking. These costs are borne by taxpayers, employers and

July 21, 2017
Texas

The Texas Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program provides potentially lifesaving mammograms and pap tests for low-income women and connects them to treatment options when needed. ACS CAN works each legislative session to maintain the state’s investment in this federal-state partnership. During the 2017 Texas Legislative session, ACS CAN maintained

July 21, 2017
Texas

Step Therapy Health insurance step therapy protocols can be useful to save costs and establish best practices, but when a patient has already failed on a particular treatment option or when a doctor knows the first step of the protocol will not work for a specific patient, the patients should

July 21, 2017
Texas

The goal of palliative care is to prevent and relieve suffering while supporting the best possible quality of life for patients and their families. Provided by a team of clinicians and specialists, palliative care improves quality, controls costs, and enhances patient and family satisfaction for the rapidly expanding population of

July 21, 2017
New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ – July 21, 2017 – Governor Chris Christie has signed into law a measure that prohibits the sale of tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices to anyone under 21. The current age requirement is 19. California and Hawaii already have enacted this important public health measure. Brian

July 21, 2017
Texas

Nearly 95 percent of smokers start before the age of 21, when the developing brain is highly vulnerable to the addictive effects of nicotine. In Texas, 13,700 kids become daily smokers every year, and one-third of them will die prematurely as a result. Raising the tobacco sale age to 21

July 20, 2017
National

The House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Committee marked up its FY 2018 spending bill today including a $1.1 billion funding increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a $82 million funding boost for the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

July 20, 2017
National

Unlike the House version of this bill, senators did not exempt from FDA oversight many cigars, including some cheap and flavored cigars often popular with youth. The Committee’s action preserves FDA authority to regulate all tobacco products as granted by Congress

July 20, 2017
Maine

AUGUSTA - The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) applauds the Maine legislature for their overwhelming bipartisan support of LD1170. The legislation raises the age of sale for tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices, from 18 to 21. The bill now heads to Governor LePage for signature. The