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Vital Signs: Cancer and Tobacco Use

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It was good to "see" so many of you on yesterday's Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference and to follow the discussion on #VitalSigns.

As many of you know, this month's Vital Signs report focuses on cancers that are linked to tobacco use. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of cancer and cancer deaths, causing at least 12 types of cancer throughout the body.

Key points in the Vital Signs report include:

  • Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of cancer and cancer deaths.
  • Each year, 660,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with, and 343,000 people die of, cancers related to tobacco use.
  • We have made progress: about 1.3 million cases of tobacco-related cancer have been avoided since 1990. But not all population groups have benefitted equally.
  • People are still dying from tobacco-related cancers, and some groups of people have a higher burden of tobacco-related cancers than others.
  • States, territories, and tribes can help by supporting comprehensive cancer control programs, protecting non-smokers from secondhand tobacco smoke in indoor public areas, and improving access to cessation programs for those who want to quit.

To reduce rates of tobacco-related cancers, states and communities can:

  • Support comprehensive cancer control programs focusing on cancer prevention, education, screening, quality of care, support for cancer survivors, and good health for all.
  • Fund comprehensive tobacco prevention and control programs at CDC-recommended levels.
  • Make tobacco cessation services more available to people who want to quit.
  • Protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke in all indoor public places and worksites, including all restaurants, bars, and casinos.

Those of you on the call learned about a number of the CDC resources including: 

But, we are really interested in opening the discussion to you. What strategies and partnerships are you leveraging to reduce tobacco-related cancers? Share your story!


Thanks for posting Karin and

Thanks for posting Karin and Leslie! I am attaching a copy of the slides from the session as well and do hope we will hear from any number of coalitions and partners about their work!