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50-Year Trends in Smoking-Related Mortality in the United States.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Thun MJ, Carter BD, Feskanich D, Freedman ND, Prentice R, Lopez AD, Hartge P, Gapstur SM. N Engl J Med 2013; 368:351-364.

This study examined temporal trends in mortality across three time periods (1959-1965, 1982-1988, 2000-2010), comparing relative risk according to sex and self-reported smoking status among participants who became 55 years old or older during follow-up. Results showed that among men 55 to 74 years of age and women 60 to 74 years of age, mortality from any cause was at least three times as high among current smokers as among those who had never smoked. In addition, smoking cessation at any age dramatically reduced death rates. The authors concluded that the risk of death from cigarette smoking is now nearly identical for men and women, as compared with persons who have never smoked.

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