Announcements and Messages
World No-Tobacco Day
The AACR supports World No-Tobacco Day on May 31 and the importance of eliminating 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, as tobacco use is causally associated with 18 different cancers and accounts for 30 percent of all cancer deaths. Tobacco product use is started and established primarily during adolescence. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention: If cigarette smoking continues at the current rate among youth in this country, 5.6 million of today’s Americans younger than 18 will die early from a smoking-related illness. That’s about 1 of every 13 Americans aged 17 years or younger who are alive today.
With approximately 2,500 undergraduate and high school student members in the AACR, students are encouraged to spread the word about the dangers of all forms of tobacco use including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vaping, and hookah.Student Membership Cancer Progress Report