(NBC News) – Tobacco control should be the highest priority in a national plan to reduce cancer rates.
That’s according to a newly released report from the American Cancer Society.
It shows more than half of the drop in cancer rates since 1991 is linked to decreased tobacco use.
But smoking continues to be the leading cause of cancer and cancer deaths.
Experts say there is strong evidence that tobacco control can prevent more cancer deaths than any other strategy.
Obesity is now the second leading cause of cancer, followed by alcohol.