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

February 16, 2017
North Carolina

Public health and policy experts gathered at Duke-Raleigh Hospital to discuss the potential impact of implementing smoke-free policies at the county and municipal levels in North Carolina.

February 15, 2017

Leaders in the Texas Legislature took bold action to protect kids from tobacco addiction and save lives by introducing bipartisan legislation to raise the sale age of tobacco products in the state to 21.

February 10, 2017

ACS CAN volunteers testify in front of Senate Committee about why raising the age of sale in Oregon matters.

February 10, 2017

Advocates, health professionals, and law makers kick off Tobacco 21 campaign on the first day of session, February 1st.

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.