To end the worldwide disease, damage and death caused by tobacco.
To be a prime mover in domestic and global tobacco control through advocacy, communication, the force of law.
Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) envisions a world free of tobacco-related damage, disease and death. This is accomplished by taking action to educate the public and decision makers, track the tobacco industry, and work for sensible public policies at the local, national and global levels.
ASH works closely with its allies to ensure that the public health community addresses the tobacco epidemic in a unified and coherent manner. ASH is not anti-smoker — it is anti-tobacco. ASH is a leader in this movement and has been since its inception in 1967.
ASH is a nonprofit that thinks locally and acts globally.
While smoking rates in the U.S. are lower than they have been in almost a century, the tobacco industry is wealthier than ever and has moved its marketing efforts into the developing world, cultivating new generations of customers and subjecting millions to addiction, disease and death.
As the industry’s profits steadily inflate from sales to the world’s poor, the industry continues to donate to political campaigns, file lawsuits against governments and run advertising campaigns in the U.S. even after decades of public education and lawsuits.
ASH remains a leader in the fight against the harm caused by tobacco working both domestically and globally on initiatives that include:
- Initiating advocacy and public policy initiatives to inform and motivate the public and others in the tobacco control movement;
- Providing legal assistance;
- Developing and distributing publications and research documents for tobacco control best practices; and
- Building alliances and networks to engage the most qualified partners to cover various movement needs who are best suited to assist with specific topics.
ASH and the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA)
Since 2000 ASH has been supporting the global war on tobacco by working with and supporting the Framework Convention Alliance, a coalition made up of more than 500 organizations in over 100 countries. All of the organizations work together to enforce and effectuate the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) — the world’s first international public health treaty. Starting in 2003 and through 2015 ASH provided the FCA with its first Executive Director, hence providing resources, leadership and direction to the Framework Convention Alliance.
As of January 1, 2016, ASH passed the FCA’s leadership on to HealthBridge Canada. ASH will continue to work with the FCA and its incoming director with the aim of accelerating the implementation of the life-saving measures of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).