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

May 9, 2018

BOSTON – By a vote of 146-4, the Massachusetts House of Representatives today voted in support of H4479, An Act to protect youth from the health risks of tobacco and nicotine addiction, which takes a comprehensive approach to tobacco control efforts in the Commonwealth. The bill would increase the statewide

May 8, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is calling on Assemblymember Jim Cooper to reconsider his decision to start pocketing campaign contributions from tobacco companies. When pursuing his first run for state office in 2014, Cooper accepted a challenge from ACS CAN to

May 1, 2018

Victory in the fight against cancer requires bold new public policies that promote cancer prevention, early detection of cancer, and expand access to quality, affordable health care. Lawmakers make many decisions that impact the lives of Tennesseans touched by cancer and their leadership is vital to defeating this disease. In

April 25, 2018

ABC News 12 LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - (04/25/18) - A group of health care advocates are trying to align Michigan's policies with more than 43 other states. Those other states provide equal health insurance coverage of chemotherapy, whether it's taken by needle or

Tobacco Control Resources

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) supports raising the minimum age for sale of all tobacco products to age 21 with strong retailer compliance and active enforcement as part of its comprehensive strategy to reduce youth initiation.

For the past 19 years – since the states settled their lawsuits against the major tobacco companies in November 1998 – we have issued annual reports assessing how well the states have kept their promise to use a significant portion of their settlement funds to combat tobacco use in the United Sta

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.