ASCO’s National Cancer Opinion Survey was established by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), in collaboration with The Harris Poll, to track the U.S. public’s views on cancer research and care. As the world’s leading organization of oncology care professionals, ASCO believes it is critical to understand what the public, including patients, think of, expect, and need from the nation’s cancer care system. The poll, supported by ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation, is designed to be conducted annually to measure shifts in the public’s perceptions of a range of cancer-related issues over time.

Initial findings released in September 2019, the third annual National Cancer Opinion Survey reveal:

  • Roughly one in five young adults uses e-cigarettes daily or recreationally.
  • Nearly one in four young adults believes e-cigarettes are harmless and not addictive.
  • Almost three in 10 young adults think flavored e-cigarettes are less damaging to a person’s health than non-flavored ones.
  • Nearly seven in 10 Americans support raising the legal age to purchase e-cigarettes from 18 to 21.

The latest survey was conducted online by The Harris Poll from July 9 – August 10, 2019, among 4,001 US adults aged 18 and over. Of these adults, 195 have or have had cancer. A broader set of survey findings will be released on October 30, 2019. 

2019 National Cancer Opinion Survey

  • News Release: National Survey Reveals One in Five Young Adults Regularly Uses E-Cigarettes and Believes They are Harmless, Not Addictive
  • Survey Results

2018 National Cancer Opinion Survey

2017 National Cancer Opinion Survey

To reference the National Cancer Opinion Survey results, please use the appropriate following citations: 

  • National Cancer Opinion Survey, Harris Poll on behalf of ASCO, 2019.
  • National Cancer Opinion Survey, Harris Poll on behalf of ASCO, 2018.
  • National Cancer Opinion Survey, Harris Poll on behalf of ASCO, 2017.