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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Sad Teens

New budget could cut funding for anti-smoking programs aimed at teens

These programs have been successful in reducing the number of teens who smoke. Ask Congress to reject cuts to teen anti-smoking programs.  

Latest Updates

March 20, 2018

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb today announced an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) aimed at assessing the role of flavoring in tobacco initiation, use and cessation.

March 20, 2018
South Dakota

The 2018 South Dakota Legislative Session ended on March 9 with 570 bills introduced. This was a significant increase from the 388 introduced in 2017 and 418 in 2016. The ACS CAN South Dakota team worked on many issues that will assist in the fight against cancer. Some key highlights

March 15, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY – A group of leading health organizations Thursday released the following statement in strong opposition to a resolution that would allow the Legislature to remove current voter protections on funding for vital Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) programs: “The Legislature is considering a dangerous and ill-advised resolution

March 15, 2018

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb today announced an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) aimed at reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes to levels that no longer cause or sustain addiction.

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.