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

April 21, 2017

ACS CAN, American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids express outrage over tobacco company’s sponsorship of Chamber of Commerce’s annual Academies of Nashville awards gala.

April 17, 2017

MONTPELIER - Cancer advocates, survivors and caregivers from across the state traveled to the State House last week to meet with Vermont lawmakers about the need to support legislation that could help prevent cancer. The advocates were joined by local cancer researchers and other high profile Vermonters, including Ervin Bryson,

April 10, 2017

Op-Ed in the Connecticut Mirror supporting icreasing the tobacco sale age to 21. Read Full Article

April 9, 2017
New York

Following New York State’s budget, agreement, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) has expressed its shock and dismay that the interests of tobacco and e-cigarette lobbyists are being put before public health. While both chambers of the legislature and the governor included identical language to extend Clean

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.