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.
How Research Informs Policy to Save Lives and Money
On June 12, the AACR sponsored a congressional briefing to highlight the evidence that underpins successful interventions in both preventing the initiation of tobacco use and helping those who are addicted to quit.
Dr. Roy Herbst, chair of the AACR Tobacco and Cancer Subcommittee, welcomes Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a staunch tobacco control advocate
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Roy S. Herbst, M.D., Ph.D., Chairperson
Yale Cancer Center
New Haven, Conn.
Denise Aberle, M.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, Calif.
Thomas H. Brandon, Ph.D.
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
Paul A. Bunn Jr., M.D.
University of Colorado, Denver
Geoffrey T. Fong, Ph.D.
University of Waterloo
Jennifer Rubin Grandis, M.D.
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Ellen R. Gritz, Ph.D.
The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Dorothy K. Hatsukami, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota
Waun Ki Hong, M.D., D.M.Sc. (Hon.)
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Fadlo R. Khuri, M.D.
Scott J. Leischow, Ph.D.
Peter G. Shields, M.D.
The University of Arizona
Georgetown University Medical Center
Benjamin Toll, Ph.D.
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, Conn.
Kasisomayajula (Vish) Viswanath, Ph.D.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Graham Warren, M.D., Ph.D.
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Stephanie Land, Ph.D., ex officio
National Cancer Institute
Mark Fleury, Ph.D., PE
Associate Director of Science Policy
AACR Office of Science Policy and Government Affairs