ASCO Statement on JAMA Internal Medicine’s Cigarette, Cigar, and Pipe Use Mortality Risk Study

Statement from Bruce E. Johnson, MD, FASCO, President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
For immediate release
February 20, 2018


Julianne Lee

“This research further highlights the fact that combustible tobacco products cause many types of cancer. It also emphasizes why the Food and Drug Administration should use its authority to regulate cigars and pipe and hookah tobacco.

“ASCO is committed to reducing the burden of smoking-related cancer mortality and protecting public health. The Society strongly supports congressional efforts to maintain the FDA’s regulatory authority over cigarettes and other tobacco products and promotes the increase of smoking cessation.

“We commend the study authors for their research that reaffirms the elevated risks of all combustible tobacco products.”

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