AACR Tobacco and Cancer Subcommittee
The AACR Tobacco and Cancer Subcommittee was convened in 2009 to foster scientific and policy initiatives to reduce the incidence of disease and mortality due to tobacco use.
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of premature mortality, killing more than five million people worldwide every year. It has a particularly profound impact on cancer incidence and mortality. Indeed, tobacco use is causally associated with 18 different cancers, including lung, head and neck, stomach, pancreas, and cervical cancers, and alone tobacco accounts for 30 percent of all cancer deaths.
In this Special Report published online on Feb. 17, 2016, in
Clinical Cancer Research, the NCI-AACR Cancer Patient Tobacco Use Assessment Task Force outlines priority research areas and describes recommendations for assessment items and the timing of assessment related to tobacco use among cancer patients.
Nov. 20, 2015
Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), which include electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have become increasingly popular among adults and youth and have been suggested as potential tobacco cessation products.
In this webinar, our panel of experts will provide an updated state of knowledge about the safety and efficacy of ENDS from a scientific research standpoint. We will also continue discussions that began at the AACR Annual Meeting 2015 and continued at the congressional briefing on ENDS in May 2015 by inviting questions from the audience.
Learn more about this webinar.
On May 14, 2015, the AACR in cooperation with Representative Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sponsored a congressional briefing entitled, "Electronic Cigarettes: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You."
While the merits of electronic cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) as smoking cessation tools remain the subject of intense research and discussion, the AACR and other organizations have become concerned with the rising population of these devices, particularly among underage youth, in the absence of hard data demonstrating their safety.
Read more about the briefing.
Recommendations for the Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes
An AACR-ASCO Policy Statement
On Jan. 8, 2015, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) released a joint statement to guide policy makers in how to best minimize the potential negative consequences of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) without undermining their potential use as a smoking cessation tool.
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and other ENDS, which are capable of delivering a nicotine solution in aerosole form, have been suggested as potential tobacco cessation interventions and safer alternatives to cigarettes. At the present time, however, there are insufficient data on the health consequences of e-cigarette use, their value as tobacco cessation aids, and their effects on the use of combustible tobacco products by smokers and nonsmokers.
Read the recommendations
Tobacco Use by Cancer Patients: An AACR Policy Statement
Tobacco use not only causes cancer, but it also interferes with cancer treatment and leads to poorer outcomes. The AACR has drafted a policy statement with recommendations related to tobacco use by cancer patients which calls for universal tobacco use assessment, provision of cessation treatment to all cancer patients, and the evaluation of tobacco use as a confounding factor in cancer clinical trials.
Assessing Tobacco Use by Cancer Patients and Facilitating Cessation: An American Association for Cancer Research Policy Statement
Presentation on the AACR’s tobacco policy statement by Tobacco and Cancer Subcommittee Chair, Roy S. Herbst, MD, PhD
The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTC) of 2009 created the FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) and for the first time in U.S. history created a framework for the regulation of tobacco products. The CTP’s mission to reduce the public health harms of tobacco use through evidence-based regulation of tobacco products relies on continual research as new tobacco products emerge and our understanding of the biochemical and psychological responses to tobacco use improves. The AACR is committed to working with the FDA and other policy makers to improve our understanding of the public health impact of tobacco and to reduce global tobacco use.
AACR, ASCO, and IASLC urge President Obama to help advance the FDA's "deeming" regulation over tobacco products (May 2, 2016)
Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems: A Policy Statement from the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (Jan. 8, 2015)
AACR and ASCO Urge FDA to Regulate E-Cigarettes, Cigars, and Other Tobacco Products (Aug. 8, 2014)
- AACR Joins Coalition in Urging CMS to Adopt Tobacco Screening and Treatment Measures in Quality Reporting Requirements for
Psychiatric Facilities (June 26, 2014)
AACR and ASCO Urge FDA to Ban Menthol Cigarettes (Nov. 22, 2013)
Citizen Petition to the FDA Requesting Ban of Menthol Flavoring in Tobacco (April 12, 2013)
Federal Court Upholds Ruling Against Graphic Health Warning Labels on Cigarette Packages—AACR Calls for Appeal (AACR, September 2012)
Cancer Trials Fail to Track Tobacco Use (AACR,
Cancer Discovery, August 2012)
AACR Statement on Proposition 29, The California Cancer Research Act (AACR, May 29, 2012)
Slides and Video Now Available from 2012 Annual Meeting Science Policy Session: Challenging Conventional Cancer Care: The Untold Story of Tobacco's Effect on Cancer Biology, Treatment Response and Survival (AACR, April 2012)
AACR Praises New HHS Tobacco Education Campaign (AACR, March 15, 2012)
Roy S. Herbst, MD, PhD, Chairman
Denise Aberle, MD
Thomas H. Brandon, PhD
Geoffrey T. Fong, PhD
Jennifer Rubin Grandis, MD
Ellen R. Gritz, PhD
Dorothy K. Hatsukami, PhD
Ernest Hawk, MD, MPH
Waun Ki Hong, MD, DMSc (hon)
Fadlo R. Khuri, MD
Scott J. Leischow, PhD
Peter G. Shields, MD
Benjamin Toll, PhD
Kasisomayajula (Vish) Viswanath, PhD
Graham Warren, MD, PhD
Stephanie Land, PhD,
AACR Staff Contact
Jon Retzlaff, Managing Director
AACR Office of Science Policy and Government Affairs
Email or call 202-898-6499
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