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IASLC Statement on Philip Morris’ New Manifesto Highlights the Importance of Tobacco Control

On February 1, 2017, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) issued the following statement:

“According to its own public reports, in 2016 Phillip Morris manufactured 800 billion cigarettes. Thus, [IASLC] views with some skepticism Philip Morris’ recent statement committing to the design of a smoke-free future (January 25, 2017: Philip Morris International Looks Toward a Smoke-Free Future). While the idea of a ‘smoke-free future’ is something our association of over 5,000 lung cancer specialists worldwide endorses, the statement from Philip Morris notes that the proposed alternatives to tobacco cigarettes are only ‘potentially less harmful’ and makes no concrete commitment to immediate reduction in the manufacture, distribution, and sale of tobacco cigarettes worldwide.

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