Prevention and Cessation


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

June 30, 2017

AUGUSTA – June 30, 2017 – This statement is being issued in response to the legislature’s decision to re-allocate $10 million in tobacco settlement dollars in the state budget deal, including $2 million per year in cuts to Maine’s tobacco control program, as well as making additional deep cuts to

June 16, 2017

State Updates ACS CAN Massachusetts will be focusing on the following issues in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session: Comprehensive Youth Tobacco Prevention: Comprehensive tobacco control legislation which would increase the age of sale for tobacco products from 18 to 21, prohibit sales of tobacco in pharmacies, add electronic-cigarettes

May 15, 2017

Throughout the 2017 state legislative session, ACS CAN Hawaii-Pacific has been monitoring, gathering support, and testifying on legislation that would aid cancer patients. Our legislative recap of this session is below: HPV Legislation SB 514 has been transmitted to the Governor’s office. As you are aware, this legislation allows

May 11, 2017

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network recently honored Ypsilanti resident Jennifer Belaire with its Excalibur Award at the Michigan Capitol in Lansing.

Prevention and Cessation Resources

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

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and partners sent a letter to the Secretaries of the tri-agencies requesting that they issue a new Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) concerning a comprehensive tobacco cessation benefit to reflect the recently-updated USPSTF recommendation.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and partners provided comments on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Draft Recommendation Statement: Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults and Pregnant Women: Behavioral and Pharmacotherapy Interventions.  We recommended that USPSTF clarify that clinicians should ask all adults about tobacco use and provide both provide U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved pharmacotherapy and behavioral interventions for cessation in adults who use tobacco.