Tobacco Control


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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Photo of smoke-free sign on a restaurant table

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

January 11, 2017

In response to Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposals to increase cigarette tax by $1 per pack and raise the tax on other tobacco products from 10 percent to 20 percent, a broad coalition of leading national, state and local health organizations issued a joint statement.

January 3, 2017

They join 58 other Texas cities that have passed comprehensive smoke-free indoor workplace ordinances prohibiting smoking in enclosed workplaces and other public spaces to improve the health and quality of life for their communities.

December 21, 2016
New Mexico

The 18th annual “ Broken Promises to Our Children: A State-by-State Look at the 1998 Tobacco Settlement 18 Years Later ” was released today and shows New Mexico lags behind the rest of the country when it comes to spending adequate funding on tobacco prevention and cessation programs.

December 15, 2016
District Of Columbia

The District of Columbia is helping to lead the efforts in tobacco control policy in our country that will save lives in the District. Thank you Mayor Muriel Bowser for signing three critical tobacco control bills passed by the DC Council. These bills amend the district’s smoke-free law to include

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.