Lung Cancer Science International reluctantly follow the crowd and advocate sensible policy on Snus and E-cig

After the 16th conference by IASLC (International Association for the Study on Lung Cancer, September 2015 in Boulder, Colorado) I give you some excerpts from the Tobacco Policy Document. I am quite certain that the first excerpt below very succinctly describes and also quantifies the immediate and urgent need to realign world tobacco policy on e-cigarettes and food grade smokeless products simultaneously.

Not doing so and focusing only on e-cigarettes will undoubtedly be suboptimal to addressing the issue in LMIC (Low and Middle Income Countries) who represent both the growth of smoking, and the rapid growth of Lung Cancer incidence.

“Worldwide, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death. While the epidemic of cigarette induced lung cancers is now beginning to subside (particularly in men) in many high income countries as cigarette consumption has fallen, worldwide lung cancer deaths are projected to increase in the coming decades as smoking rates increase in low and middle income countries (1, 2). The projected global epidemic of cigarette caused lung cancers is entirely preventable.”

“Adopt policy measures that recognize the probable differences in the lung cancer risk of alternative nicotine delivery products. Adopting policies that favor less dangerous (non- combustible) forms of nicotine delivery over cigarettes would provide a powerful incentive for people who smoke to move away from cigarettes which in turn would have a profound impact on global lung cancer rates in the coming decades.”

“Join together to forcefully implement the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control which has among its key provisions increasing cigarette prices via taxation (to at least 70% of the retail price), prohibiting the sale of cigarettes to minors (less than 21 years of age) , enacting and enforcing comprehensive cigarette marketing policies, eliminating tobacco use in public locations, mandating graphic warnings labels on cigarette containers, implementing public education campaigns to discourage the use of cigarettes, and providing tobacco cessation support.”

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