Prevention and Cessation

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We have launched  campaigns in cities and states across the nation to prevent stores from selling tobacco products to people under age 21.     Already passed in California and Hawaii, and many major cities, this change promises to make it less likely that children become addicted to tobacco products. 

Overall, our work to reduce tobacco use has led to funding for highly successful quitlines and youth programs that educate children about the perils of using tobacco, including cigarettes, hookah and e-cigarettes. 

Together, these programs and our Tobacco 21 campaign will help prevent children from starting a deadly tobacco addiction and help more adults quit. 

Smoking rates are at their lowest levels in decades, with 9.3 percent of high school kids and 16.8 percent of adults smoking cigarettes.

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Oppose efforts to weaken government oversight of tobacco products

Ask Congress to oppose efforts to weaken the FDA's oversight authority over all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, cigars and hookahs.

Latest Updates

January 11, 2018
National

Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data showing tobacco use by military veterans is nearly double the national average. The data, collected from 2010-2015 and published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, shows nearly 30 percent of veterans use some kind of tobacco.

January 10, 2018
District Of Columbia

Happy New Year! As we ring in the new year, I hope we can continue to count on you to help make 2018 another great year! This year's ACS CAN’s legislative priorities for the District of Columbia are: Increase the cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack to $4.50 per pack

January 4, 2018
Vermont

Governor Phil Scott is preparing to deliver his State of the State Message today. Bill Sherman, managing director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network ACS CAN) released the following statement in advance of the governor’s message: “Vermont has a history as a leader in public health, but there

December 15, 2017
Maryland

DATE: February 27, 2018 Increase funding for tobacco control programs to $21 million. Prohibit the sale of tobacco products to persons under the age of 21. Protect state funding for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program. LOCATION: Lowe House Office Building 6 Bladen Street Room 142 Annapolis,

Prevention and Cessation Resources

In 2014, 32 percent of Medicaid enrollees were smokers, compared with 17 percent of the general population. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., with more than 480,000 deaths each year caused by cigarette smoking.

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., with more than 480,000 deaths each year caused by cigarette smoking.

Use of tobacco by youth remains unacceptably high with new users starting every day.