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

August 14, 2018
Minnesota

ACS CAN Minnesota's Government Relations Director Ellie Beaver was featured on KARE-TV to talk about ACS CAN"s work and being involved in politics without being partisan. Watch the full interview here: https://www.kare11.com/article/entertainment/television/programs/news-at...

August 9, 2018
National

ACS CAN’s How Do You Measure Up? Repor t grades each state on where they stand on the issues that play a critical role in preventing cancer and improving cancer patients’ access to health care.

August 9, 2018

State lawmakers across the country are missing important opportunities to pass and implement proven legislative solutions to prevent and fight cancer, according to a report released today by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality grades states on the strength of evidence-based policies that help to prevent cancer, which kills roughly 1,670 people a day nationwide, forces patients to pay nearly $4 billion in out-of-pocket expenses every year and in 2015 cost the country more than $80 billion in direct medical expenditures.

August 9, 2018
Missouri

Missouri falls short when it comes to implementing policies and passing legislation to prevent and reduce suffering and death from cancer. According to the latest edition of “How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality,” Missouri measured up to policy recommendations in just two of the nine issue areas. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network released the report today.

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.