On World No Tobacco Day (31 May), the international childhood cancer community comes together to highlight the importance of prevention, reduction and cessation of tobacco use and exposure among childhood cancer survivors and caregivers. The risk of a second primary cancer is 3-6x higher in childhood cancer survivors and second-hand smoke is responsible for 65,000 premature and preventable deaths in children under 15 years each year.
As non-state actors in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO), we support all efforts to raise awareness of the major health risks associated with chewing tobacco, cigarette and e-cigarette smoke throughout active cancer treatment, recovery, and survivorship.
The SIOP Tobacco Advocacy Task Force is collaborating with PAHO and CCI to accelerate the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in the paediatric cancer sector. We have launched a pilot project focused on India and Latin America, to better understand the true impact of tobacco in these regions in young survivors and caregivers, and to promote the voices of childhood cancer survivor advocates to make a difference in their communities.
Together, we will improve childhood cancer outcomes globally.
SIOP Tobacco Advocacy Task Force
31 May 2023