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Special Issue "Tobacco and the Lung Cancer Epidemic"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 26 January 2024 | Viewed by 126

Special Issue Editor

German Cancer Research Center, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
Interests: lung cancer; MRI; imaging; brain metastases; radioncology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Despite partly succeeding global efforts, over 8 million deaths worldwide can still be attributed to smoking. Although this nearly matches the total number of soldiers killed throughout the four years of the First World War, and with smoking associated with up to 90% of lung cancer deaths, no modern “war on tobacco” has been declared so far. Global society seems to be accustomed to a death toll, which the individual smoker often pays decades after the first drag.

From willful, often religious use of a naturally harsh substance by indigenous tribes to today’s tasty, addictive mass products, the history behind tobacco consumption is a less known, yet doubtless outstanding commercial triumph.

Inspired by the six World health Organization MPOWER measures designed to end the global tobacco epidemic, the topics of this Special Issue are:

  1. Monitoring tobacco use and prevention policies in terms of lung cancer patients
  2. Protecting lung cancer patients from (passive) tobacco use
  3. Offer (widespread) help to quit tobacco use, especially after diagnosis of lung cancer
  4. Warn about the dangers of tobacco, especially during cancer treatment (e.g., chemo-  /radiotherapy)
  5. Enforcing bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship
  6. Raising taxes on tobacco (in order to pay for the additional burden in health care) 

In this Special Issue, original research articles, reviews and commentaries are welcome. Additionally, , exceptional articles on (the history of) tobacco that do not address lung cancer specifically might still be considered suitable for this inclusion in this Special Issue.

I look forward to receiving your contributions.

Disclaimer: We will not accept research funded in part or full by any tobacco companies in this Special Issue. For more details, please check: https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/15/12/2831/html.

Dr. Fabian Weykamp
Guest Editor 

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  • tobacco
  • lung cancer
  • smoking
  • addiction
  • radiotherapy
  • chemotherapy
  • epidemic
  • cessation
  • aid
  • history

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