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Lung cancer blog: Tobacco companies should pay for lung cancer research

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Sep 8, 2005

Tobacco companies should pay for lung cancer research

Tobacco companies should pay for lung cancer researchA lung cancer advocacy group (Lung Cancer Alliance) is asking the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to force the tobacco industry to contribute to a fund to support independent research on the etiology, diagnosis, treatment and cure of lung cancer. The Lung Cancer Alliance filed a "friend of the court" brief in the federal government's ongoing racketeering lawsuit against the country's biggest cigarette makers, which includes Greensboro-based Lorillard Tobacco Co. and Winston-Salem-based Reynolds American Inc.

The organization argues that the cigarette industry strategy of concealing scientific facts concerning the health and addictive effects of smoking and characterize smoking as a free adult "choice," had profound influence on how lung cancer is perceived and treated in society. The "stigmatization" has led to lung cancer victims routinely being blamed for their own disease and ultimately resulting in inadequate research funding from both public and private institutions.

"Survival rates for lung cancer over the past three decades have shown little to no improvement," Laurie Fenton, president of the Lung Cancer Alliance, said in a news release. "We strongly believe the tobacco industry has contributed to this unacceptable situation. The legal situation and all its important remedies is an important step."

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