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

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

August 3, 2017

A majority of states are missing critical opportunities to pass and implement legislative solutions proven to prevent and fight cancer, according to the 15th annual How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality.

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

Prevention and Cessation Resources

Why is Medicaid Coverage of Tobacco Cessation Important? 

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.