The Truth about Lung Cancer Research Funding: The Government Is Not Focused on Lung Cancer

While the government spends a large amount of money on cancer research, it has invested relatively little specifically on lung cancer, and the survival rates show it. Quitting smoking is not going to cure lung cancer; research dollars will.

FY 2012 Federal Research Funding
(Dollars Per Life Lost)

Five-Year Survival Rates by Year of Diagnosis ...
Too Little Progress for Lung Cancer

Research dollars per life lost

Survival by year of diagnosis

(Estimated federal spending from the combined FY2012 research dollars of the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Five-year survival rates by year of diagnosis from the SEER Cancer Statistics Review 1975-2010, posted as of 7/9/13.)

Tobacco settlement money is not going toward lung cancer research

Through 2025, the Master Settlement Agreement and agreements with individual states will pay $246 billion to the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. In 1999, the National Governors Association declared its commitment "to spending a significant portion of the tobacco settlement funds on smoking cessation programs, health care, education, and programs benefiting children." A review of the most recent Government Accountability Office report on states' allocation of their payments reveals that virtually none of this money is being spent on lung cancer research.