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The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network's (ACS CAN) 2018 Advocacy Accomplishments report, Empowering Advocates: Leading the Fight to Conquer Cancer, is now available online. The report and report infographic are also available as documents for downloading and printing on the Brand Toolkit.
The report details ACS CAN's successes at the local, state, and federal levels of government. In 2018, ACS CAN volunteers and staff celebrated a historic increase in federal funding for research that allowed ACS CAN to reach its One Degree campaign goal of increasing federal funding for medical research at the National Institutes of Health by $6 billion, including $1 billion for cancer-specific research at the National Cancer Institute. This was a tremendous achievement for the entire cancer community, and fighting to protect and increase cancer research funding remains a top priority for ACS CAN in 2019.
ACS CAN staff and volunteers also secured numerous victories in tobacco control, including significant tobacco tax increases in Oklahoma, Washington, D.C., Guam and the towns of Avon and Basalt in Colorado. Nearly 60 percent of the U.S. population is now covered by comprehensive smoke-free laws, and the average state tobacco tax is now $1.79.
Additionally, ACS CAN worked hard to expand access to affordable health care through Medicaid to more than 500,000 low-income residents in Idaho, Nebraska, Utah, and Virginia. These are just a few of ACS CAN's accomplishments featured in this year's report.
Please contact Mariah Monks, ACS CAN media advocacy manager, with any questions about the report.