Research & Education

IASLC Strongly Supports the Introduction of the New European Tobacco Products Directive to Make Smoking Less Attractive

March 6, 2014

Contact: John Wetherington
(720) 325-2955

DENVER - The leadership of the IASLC is pleased to see the European Parliament’s decision on a new European Tobacco Products Directive and hopes to see swift adoption of the text by the Council of Ministers. The IASLC is supportive of the opportunity to make smoking less attractive through enhanced health warnings, plain packaging and restriction of flavor additives. IASLC CEO, Fred Hirsch, MD, PhD notes “we are beginning to see significant momentum in the area of restrictions on tobacco product packaging from recently introduced legislation in Australia, studies underway in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, as well as last week’s action by the European Parliament. These are important steps to protect the public, particularly children, from becoming addicted to these harmful products.”

Through the IASLC Tobacco Control and Smoking Cessation Committee, the Association is committed to providing policy makers, association members and the public aware of the benefits of similar initiatives to reduce the further use of tobacco and the associated health problems including lung cancer. IASLC is connecting experts worldwide to share the growing evidence base to policy markets and works with the IASLC membership to share this information globally.

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About the IASLC:

The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) is the only global organization dedicated to the study of lung cancer. Founded in 1974, the association’s membership includes more than 3,800 lung cancer specialists in 80 countries. To learn more about IASLC please visit