Beginning in 2017, ASH is no longer a “tobacco control” organization. Tobacco “control” is not enough. The only acceptable number of tobacco related deaths is ZERO.

The percentage of the U.S. population that smokes is lower than it has been in over a century. And the vast majority of smokers wish they could break the addiction. Virtually none want their children to smoke. People have had enough of tobacco – the lingering disease and death of loved ones and the staggering cost to all of us. We need to overcome the influence of the tobacco industry and finally rid society of the commercial sale of tobacco products that sicken and kill those who consume it.

There are many possible ways to bring about an end to smoking. While we encourage any step towards limiting the harms caused by tobacco, we believe that the current regulation of cigarette sales is not adequate given the harm this product causes.  It is time to have a response to cigarette sales that is proportionate to the harm they cause. If we want to prevent the unnecessary deaths caused by cigarettes, it is time to reconsider the way tobacco is sold as a readily available consumer good. Our society needs to put an end to the commercial sale of cigarettes that kill millions every year.

ASH is changing the conversation about cigarettes.

ASH acts as a catalyst to end the tobacco epidemic in the U.S. and around the world. We believe that the time has come to end the commercial sale of tobacco.