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

August 9, 2017
New York

The New York City Council today passed seven bills that will take dramatic action to reduce the use of dangerous tobacco products in New York and to save lives. In April, city leaders announced their support of a comprehensive tobacco control legislative package and a goal to reduce the number

August 9, 2017

On August 9, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law legislation that will raise the state's age of sale for all tobacco products to age 21, making Oregon the fifth state to increase the tobacco sales age.

August 3, 2017

There is no safe level of secondhand smoke. Even brief exposure can cause immediate harm! Each year, secondhand smoke causes nearly 42,000 deaths among nonsmokers, including 7,300 lung cancer deaths. The best way to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke is to make restaurants, bars, casinos and all workplaces smoke-free. Smoke-free

August 3, 2017

A majority of states are missing critical opportunities to pass and implement legislative solutions proven to prevent and fight cancer, according to the 15th annual How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality.

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.