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ASCO Expert Corner: World Cancer Day 2008

There are 4 comments on the People Living With Cancer story from Feb 4, 2008, titled ASCO Expert Corner: World Cancer Day 2008. In it, People Living With Cancer reports that:

To raise awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke, the American Society of Clinical Oncology is working with the International Union Against Cancer to promote World Cancer Day on February 4, 2008.

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Ottawa, Canada

#1 Feb 4, 2008
I'm sure that many didn't realize that today is World Cancer day. You may want to read the article to see what a Professor from the University of Colorado Cancer Center has to say about smoking and second hand smoke, especially as it relates to children.

Ottawa, Canada

#2 Feb 4, 2008
More on World Cancer day and smoke free environments.

AAP Calls for Smoke-Free Environments for World Cancer Day

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/-- The American Academy of
Pediatrics (AAP) and its 60,000 member pediatricians join the International
Union Against Cancer in its World Cancer Day initiative Monday, February 4,
to promote smoke-free environments for children worldwide.

"There is no safe level of tobacco smoke exposure," said Renee R.
Jenkins, MD, FAAP, president of the AAP. "There is absolutely no safe way
to smoke around children. Smoking in another room is not safe. Smoking near
an open window does not reduce the danger. Tobacco toxins spread throughout
the house and remain in the environment even after a cigarette is

For children, the health risks of secondhand smoke are even greater
than they are for adults. Tobacco smoke puts young children at risk for
increased rates of asthma and more severe asthma, and it increases the risk
of pneumonia, ear infections and sudden infant death syndrome.

Last month, the World Health Organization reported that almost half of
the world's children are exposed to second-hand smoke. The American Academy
of Pediatrics urges all who care about children to help eliminate
children's exposure to tobacco smoke by helping parents quit. The AAP urges
parents to adopt strict no-smoking policies everywhere a child spends time
-- at home and at school, in babysitters' homes, in day care centers and in

The AAP thanks the International Union Against Cancer for its continued
leadership in efforts to reduce children's exposure to tobacco, and is
pleased to see increasing recognition of the need to protect children and
teens from the largest avoidable cause of death worldwide. Only together
can we eliminate tobacco and secondhand smoke from children's lives.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary
care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical
specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well being of infants,
children, adolescents and young adults. The AAP Julius B. Richmond Center,
a national center of excellence funded by the Flight Attendant Medical
Research Institute, is dedicated to the elimination of children's exposure
to tobacco. The center is named for pediatrician and former Surgeon General
Julius B. Richmond.



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