Tobacco Control

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Tobacco products are projected to kill one billion people worldwide this century. And the industry is showing no signs of slowing down, spending more than $9 billion on marketing each year. 

Despite the industry's deceptive and deadly practices, ACS CAN continues to have enormous success passing local, state and federal laws that prevent children from smoking, help adults quit and ensure the government uses its authority to regulate tobacco industry practices.

While our work has had an enormous impact on youth cigarette use - now at historic lows - the use of e-cigarettes among kids is skyrocketing.  This further reinforces the importance of continuing this lifesaving work.

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It's time to protect everyone’s right to breathe clean smoke-free air!

No one should have to choose between their health and their job. Show your support for giving all employees the right to work in a place where smoking isn't allowed.

Latest Updates

June 28, 2017
Ohio

Columbus, OH – June 28, 2017 – This statement can be attributed to Jeff Stephens, Director of Government Relations in Ohio for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). “ACS CAN commends the legislature for protecting funding for Ohio’s Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program at the Ohio

June 27, 2017
New York

Thanks to the efforts of ACS CAN volunteers across the state, the NYS Legislature advanced a number of important bills to prevent and treat cancer. Tobacco Control E-cigarette loophole: Passed both houses. Under this proposal, e-cigarette use would be prohibited in areas covered by the state’s Clean Indoor

June 21, 2017
Montana

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) commends Riverstone Health, which creates public health policy for Yellowstone County, for proposing a new rule to its existing smoke-free air law to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes anywhere smoking is not allowed, and prohibit smoking including e-cigarette use within 30 feet of building entrances and windows.

June 16, 2017
Massachusetts

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

Tobacco Control Resources

The use of tobacco products remains the nation’s number one cause of preventable death, killing more than 480,000 Americans each year. That is why the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) have long been engaged in the fight against tobacco.

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

Cigarette smoking is responsible for about one-third of all cancer deaths in the nation overall. A new study from the American Cancer Society provides state-level estimates of the number of adult deaths from smoking in 2014.