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Action on Smoking and Health’s website is owned and operated by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH). This Privacy Policy states ASH’s policy with regard to the personal information you provide. ASH is committed to ensuring the privacy of users who visit our website. In the course of providing these

WNTD: The Nightmare Epidemic Created by Tobacco Marketing

Tobacco is a Deadly Product – Tobacco kills up to half of its users. – Tobacco kills nearly 6 million people each year, of whom more than 5 million are from direct tobacco use and more than 600 000 are nonsmokers exposed to second-hand smoke. Unless urgent action is taken,

What does ASH do?

ASH works to end the global disease, damage and death caused by tobacco. We accomplish this by educating the public and decision makers, tracking tobacco industry actions, and working for strong public policies at the local, national and global levels. ASH works closely with its allies to ensure that the

Why did ASH update its mission?

As the U.S. and other western countries took action against tobacco, the industry went global to continue making money off of the misery of its consumers. In order to counter this disease’s vector – the tobacco industry – ASH decided to take the fight global as well. There is much

What does ASH do in my state/county/community?

ASH works with a network of allies in the United States to continue progress in fighting tobacco here at home. Often, we can bring fresh expertise and evidence to bear from progressive efforts in foreign countries. ASH also fights tobacco industry efforts to roll back local progress through litigation, especially

Does ASH provide legal services?

ASH does not have the resources to provide individualized legal services. We are a member of the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, which can often point individuals to legal help in their community or point them to class action lawsuits.

How do I renew my support to ASH?

There are several ways you can renew your support to ASH. Online: visit www.ash.org and make your donation with your credit card by clicking on the Donate Now button and choose from our easy options (one-time, weekly, monthly or annual credit card donation). Mail: Submit your donation to: Action on

What is ASH’s position on outdoor smoking, such as parks and beaches?

There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke, and there is no legal right to smoke. ASH supports smoking bans wherever innocent bystanders will be impacted by secondhand smoke. In addition to the danger of inhaling smoke, cigarette butts are the leading single cause of litter in parks

How do I sue the tobacco companies? Join a lawsuit?

ASH cannot represent individual clients, and is not a law firm handling class action suits. You should consult with an attorney in your state specializing in torts. In many cases, the initial consultation is free, and a local attorney should have information on current class action suits.

What are E-cigarettes? Are they harmful? What is ASH doing about them?

An e-cigarette is a device that uses electricity from a small battery to vaporize a tobacco-containing solution, producing a vapor that is inhaled. The vapor includes nicotine, the addictive chemical found in other tobacco products, and the e-cigarette is designed to look like a cigarette. While e-cigarette manufacturers claim that

I am in a custody dispute and/or my ex spouse smokes around our children. What can I do to protect them?

Judges in custody disputes are required to focus on the best interests of the child, and are increasingly taking smoking into account. The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium has produced an excellent summary of your rights and how to exercise them at: https://publichealthlawcenter.org/resources/secondhand-smoke-and-family-courts-role-smoke-exposure-custody-and-visitation-decisions.

I need help to quit smoking. What resources are available to me?

There are a variety of treatments available to aid in quitting smoking, from counseling to pharmaceuticals. ASH does not endorse any nicotine-replacement therapy or any other pharmaceutical drugs, but encourages smokers who want to quit to seek assistance. The American Lung Association can help connect you to local resources. Call