IASLC 2007 Declaration on Tobacco

IASLC 2007 Declaration on Tobacco

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the world. The incidence is rising at an alarming rate in both men and women, particularly in the developing world. Ninety percent of cases are caused by active or passive smoking and, therefore, could be avoided or prevented.  In order to achieve its goal of eliminating lung cancer, the IASLC makes recommendations to governments world-wide. 

In order to help achieve its goal of eliminating lung cancer, the IASLC:

1. Requests governments to:
    Ratify the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and work to speedily implement its Articles.
    Work within each of the members' Cancer Centers or Clinics to promote smoking cessation and a complete smoke-free workplace campus.
    Promote smoking and all tobacco prevention programs, particularly those that are focused on youths.
    Promote legislation or regulations that enforce smokefree public places, including transportation systems particularly to protect non-smokers from the effects of secondhand smoking.
    Promote educational programs that warn of the deadly effects of tobacco on health, including programs with the school systems.
    Increase taxes on tobacco in order to decrease its use.
    Encourage governments to enforce anti-smuggling laws with increased surveillance.
    Initiate legislative action forultimate elimination of manufacture and sales of tobacco products.
2. Encourage other medical societies and health care institutions to join in campaigns against smoking and for anti-smoking education.
3. Encourage all health care providers to receive training in counseling on stopping smoking.
4. Requests all industrial sectors and media organizations to eliminate tobacco advertising and marketing.
5. Promises to produce materials that will aid in education concerning smoking and lung cancer.
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View the IASLC Letter on the Exclusion of Tobacco and its products from the negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement