On March 21, Lancet Public Health published a study on the 2003 global tobacco control treaty’s impact on the adoption of tobacco reduction measures around the world, which has led to a 2.5% reduction in global smoking rates. The treaty obligates the 180 countries committed to it to implement strong evidence-based policies. While the US did sign on in 2004, it has never ratified this treaty.
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On March 15, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, and American Lung Association issued a new report titled “The Flavor Trap: How Tobacco Companies Are Luring Kids with Candy-Flavored E-Cigarettes and Cigars.”
ASCO is tracking legislation that would increase the legal age for the purchase of tobacco products to 21, known as “Tobacco 21,” in multiple states. ASCO worked closely with the Florida Society of Clinical Oncology to submit a joint letter of support on Florida bill 1093. ASCO also sent a support letter for West Virginia bill House bill 2331 and Senate bill 37 and Texas House bill 628 and 1908 and Senate bill 183 and 910.
Last week, ASCO submitted joint comment letters with the State Affiliates in Connecticut and Washington in support of legislation that would increase the legal age for the purchase of tobacco products to 21. ASCO is committed to policies that will contribute to reducing prevalence of tobacco use to ultimately prevent the occurrence of cancer and other smoking-caused diseases.
The World Health Organization and the National Cancer Institute released a report on January 10, that finds smoking and its side effects cost the world's economies more than $1 trillion and kill about 6 million people each year. The report also noted that this number is expected to rise by more than a third by 2030. ASCO issued the following statement from President Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FASCO, FACP.