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Date:3/18/2011

he research community and the FDA to ensure that scientific discovery keeps pace with the FDA's progress.

Roy S. Herbst, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the AACR's Task Force on Tobacco and Cancer and chief of medical oncology at Yale University, discussed some of the 72 Task Force recommendations published in a comprehensive policy statement on tobacco and cancer in the April 2010 issue of Cancer Research, a journal of the AACR. Herbst discussed his experiences working in a clinic to treat lung cancer patients.

"Given that there is no known safe form of tobacco, the AACR stands ready to do everything in its power to support the FDA as it implements the law," said Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.), chief executive officer of the AACR and moderator of the briefing. "With the continued dedication of Congress and first-rate leadership of officials like Drs. Deyton and Croyle, I am convinced that together we can combat this preventable epidemic and someday realize a tobacco-free world."

Leading Republican sponsor of the Tobacco Control Act, Rep. Todd Platts, R-Penn., also made remarks at the briefing, praising the FDA for its enormous undertaking. He expressed his appreciation to the federal agencies, the AACR and all stakeholders working to eliminate tobacco use. Platts was an honorary congressional sponsor of the briefing, along with Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., also both cosponsors of the law.

This event was the second AACR-led congressional briefing held this month focusing on tobacco the leading cause of premature death, taking the lives of 443,000 Americans every year. An AACR briefing on March 1 featured U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., who spoke about her recent report on how tobacco smoke causes disease.


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