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

November 15, 2017
Maryland

Easton Doctor of Nursing and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Ambassador Receives Abeloff Award for Excellence in Public Health and Cancer Control from Maryland Department of Health Dr. Michele Williams has received the 2017 Martin D. Abeloff Award for Excellence in Public Health and Cancer Control from the

November 15, 2017
District Of Columbia

This morning ACS CAN Government Relations Director, Bonita Pennino spoke on the Great Day Washington Show WUSA-TV9 about the Smoking and Cessation Fund Amendment Action to prevent youth from starting to smoke and to help those who smoke quit for good. Exactly what the Great American Smoke Out is all

September 27, 2017
Kentucky

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and 26 other leading health organizations are offering support to those Kentuckians looking to quit tobacco as part of the first-ever Kick It, Kentucky! week.

August 22, 2017
Maine, New Jersey, Oregon

In less than a month, three states – Maine , New Jersey and Oregon – have enacted laws that prohibit the selling of cigarettes and other tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. Smoking rates have declined in recent years, but the use

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.