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IASLC urges U.K. to reconsider standardized packaging

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Release: Aug. 5, 2013

 

IASLC urges U.K. to reconsider standardized packaging

Research shows efforts reduce smoking rates, in return reducing lung cancer

 

DENVER – The members of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) support tobacco control and smoking cessation efforts across the globe. An editorial published July 20, 2013 in the medical journal Lancet suggests that the government in the United Kingdom has chosen not to pursue standardized packaging because of financial considerations. The editorial suggests that the government in the United Kingdom has sold out to the lobbying interests of major tobacco.

As the only international association studying lung cancer, the IASLC supports efforts to reduce tobacco use. Research clearly shows that plain packs are not as attractive to young people. In fact, in places that have instituted strong tobacco control, such as Australia, Canada and California, they’ve demonstrated dramatic drops in their lung cancer instances within 3 to 5 years.

“It is time for the UK politicians to put the health of their citizens ahead of the lobbying relationship with corporate insiders,” says Dr. Michael Cummings, professor and co-director of the Tobacco Policy and Control Program at the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina and a member of the IASLC Tobacco Control and Smoking Cessation Committee. “The tobacco industry’s own internal marketing studies demonstrate the power of the cigarette pack to attract new consumers (mainly children) and create misperceptions about the health risks of using their products.  However, perhaps the best evidence of the benefits of the plain packaging regulation is the fact that major tobacco is fighting so hard to oppose it; they know it will have a big impact on smoking.”

It is projected that tobacco use will claim almost 6 million lives this year. As a result, the IASLC asks for the government of the UK and all other governments to implement standardized plain packaging. 

To learn more about the IASLC’s stance, please visit our Declaration on Tobacco.

 

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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 3,500 lung cancer specialists in 80 countries. To learn more about IASLC please visit www.iaslc.org

August 5, 2013