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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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

December 5, 2017
Rhode Island

Truth, yet deceit from Big Tobacco Warwick Beacon · Tuesday, December 5, 2017 To the Editor: As a volunteer with the American Cancer Society-Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) I learned at our last meeting that the tobacco industry is, finally, being forced to broadcast the harms of

December 4, 2017

In its final meeting of the year today, the Joint Revenue Committee voted 8-7 to introduce a bill in the 2018 legislative session that will increase the state's tobacco tax by $1 per pack of cigarettes with an equal tax on all other tobacco products, such as chewing tobacco.

December 1, 2017

Los Angeles – The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) announced today that both candidates for California’s 51st Assembly District runoff accepted ACS CAN’s challenge to not take special interest contributions from tobacco companies. Assembly candidates Wendy Carrillo and Luis Lopez say they support the Snuff Tobacco

November 28, 2017

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A renewed effort has just been launched to raise the smoking age in Washington from 18 years old up to 21. It would make this the third state in the country to do that, following in the footsteps of California and Hawaii. Read Full Story

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.