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 Beverly Hills took such progressive action. National Steering Committee* Doug Blanke, Public Health Law Center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law John Bloom, Consultant Chris Bostic, Action on Smoking and Health Lauren Czaplicki, Truth Initiative Dick Daynard, Public Health Advocacy Institute at Northeastern University Stacey Gagosian, Truth Initiative Laurent Huber, Action on Smoking and Health Jackie Kaslow, University of California – Davis Joelle Lester, Public Health Law Center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law Ruth Malone, University of California – San Francisco Carol McGruder, African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council April Roeseler, California Department of Health David Willoughby, Clearway Minnesota *Steering committee members serve in their individual capacities. Contact us to learn more about how to begin implementing one of these policies in your local community: email@example.com Why this is NOT prohibition Ending the commercial sale of combustible tobacco products is not the same as prohibition. It is analogous to the way jurisdictions are looking at cannabis “legalization” or “de- criminalization”. In jurisdictions that have “de-criminalized” cannabis – no one is arrested for carrying it or using it (within prescribed limits), and no cop is going to search your car on the suspicion that you have cigarettes. The public would be free to grow their own tobacco, give it as gifts, and even bring it in from other places. In jurisdictions that have or are considering “legalizing” cannabis, no one is in favor of selling cannabis as a typical consumer good or making it available in convenience stores, gas stations, and the typical retail environment. Ending the commercial sales of cigarettes is not meant to make tobacco illegal, it is merely a rational response to the damage caused by the current extensive availability of cigarettes. There is No Legal “Right” to Smoke Read the explanation here> The Focus is Cigarettes Our focus is to phase out the sale of highly-engineered cigarettes. We oppose criminalizing their possession or use, always bringing the focus back to the tobacco industry and their marketing, mass distribution, and sale of a deadly product. Tobacco plants themselves have additional uses currently being explored, such as vaccines (providing an outlet for tobacco farmers who don’t switch to a more profitable crop). Read more here. Sign up below to get involved. Related News Unplanned purchasing of tobacco products Over 100 towns in Sri Lanka stop cigarette sales Store in New Zealand stops selling tobacco to protect its staff and its community UK Priest Neil McNicholas: Only answer to health threat is no smoking at all Tobacco Free Generation in Tasmania Tobacco Free Generation details A complete ban on the sale of cigarettes within 10 years, with smoking cessation support — is favoured by 44 per cent of smokers surveyed in Canada. Erie County, NY: Editorial: Ban tobacco sales in drugstores and As tobacco disappears from shelves, local smokers shrug: ‘I’m supposed to be quitting anyway.’ Let’s Get Rid of Cigarettes A NJ bill would ban menthol cigarettes. It doesn’t go far enough A new study shows that if pharmacies didn’t sell cigarettes, fewer people would smoke. Plain packets help smokers quit by killing brand identities The Real Cost of Smoking by State Evaluating the impact and equity of a tobacco-free pharmacy law on retailer density in New York City neighbourhoods Expert Talks at ASH’s National Conference on Tobacco or Health 2019 (NCTOH) Booth Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch discusses how they became the 1st U.S. jurisdiction to phase out tobacco sales. Review his powerpoint slides here. Dr. Harry Lando of the University of Minnesota discusses tobacco as a human rights violation. Review his powerpoint slides here. Laurent Huber of Action on Smoking and Health discusses the intersection of the tobacco control and human rights fields. Review his powerpoint slides here.