Prevention and Cessation

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We have launched  campaign 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

March 29, 2017
Illinois

Lawmakers joined the Illinois Coalition Against Tobacco today to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Illinois’ comprehensive smoke-free air law and to encourage further efforts to improve tobacco control. In 2007, the General Assembly prioritized Illinoisans’ health by approving the Smoke-Free Illinois Act, which prohibited smoking in indoor public places, workplaces

March 28, 2017
Maryland

About two dozen cancer patients, survivors and advocates from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) rallied at the Maryland Capitol today in support of restoring funding for comprehensive tobacco education to $21 million annually.

February 10, 2017
Wisconsin

Sara Sahli, Wisconsin government relations director for ACS CAN, issued a media statement in reaction to Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget released on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017.

February 6, 2017
New Mexico

Nearly a hundred cancer patients, survivors and caregivers from across the state rode the rails on a whistle stop-style campaign train ride to the state Capitol in Santa Fe today to meet with lawmakers and gain support for cancer-fighting policies.

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.