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

July 21, 2017
Texas

Nearly 95 percent of smokers start before the age of 21, when the developing brain is highly vulnerable to the addictive effects of nicotine. In Texas, 13,700 kids become daily smokers every year, and one-third of them will die prematurely as a result. Raising the tobacco sale age to 21

July 21, 2017
Texas

Tobacco use remains Texas’ leading preventable cause of death and is the leading cause of cancer deaths in Texas. An estimated 28,000 Texans die annually from tobacco-related illnesses. Texas spends nearly $9 billion in annual health care costs directly caused by smoking. These costs are borne by taxpayers, employers and

July 20, 2017
National

The House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Committee marked up its FY 2018 spending bill today including a $1.1 billion funding increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a $82 million funding boost for the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

July 20, 2017
National

Unlike the House version of this bill, senators did not exempt from FDA oversight many cigars, including some cheap and flavored cigars often popular with youth. The Committee’s action preserves FDA authority to regulate all tobacco products as granted by Congress

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.