The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has issued a call for immediate action to stem the global tide of tobacco-related death and suffering and to improve public health. The policy statement published in Cancer Research comes as the AACR submits written testimony today to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. The subcommittee is convening to discuss the dangers of smokeless tobacco.

“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of premature death and is responsible for nearly a third of all cancer deaths,” said Roy S. Herbst, MD, PhD, chairperson of the AACR Task Force on Tobacco and Cancer. “The AACR statement on tobacco provides a roadmap for eliminating the burden of tobacco use and attendant disease by implementing evidence-based policies, advancing science and communicating scientific breakthroughs to the public, funders and regulators.”