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.

This is not about punishing smokers, and it is not creating a new “war on drugs.” We need to focus on the behavior of the tobacco industry, which has received special treatment for decades – no other industry can sell a consumer product that kills when used as intended. We won’t accept a ban on use or possession. Smokers are the victims of the tobacco epidemic, not the perpetrators.

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.

Beverly Hills, CA is at the forefront of this movement. They are the 1st U.S. city to ban the sale of tobacco products. Read our statement here. And read why this is happening.

National Steering Committee
April Roeseler, California Department of Health
Dick Daynard, Public Health Advocacy Institute at Northeastern University
David Willoughby, Clearway Minnesota
Carol McGruder, African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council
Chris Bostic, Action on Smoking and Health
Doug Blanke, Public Health Law Center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Jackie Kaslow, University of California – Davis
Joelle Lester, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium at Mitchell Hamline School of Law
John Bloom, Consultant
Lauren Czaplicki, Truth Initiative
Laurent Huber, Action on Smoking and Health
Ruth Malone, University of California – San Francisco
Stacey Gagosian, Truth Initiative