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State-Specific Trends in Lung Cancer Incidence and Smoking --- United States, 1999—2008

Wednesday, October 12, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Weekly. September 16, 2011;60(36):1243:1247.
This study showed that the rates of new lung cancer cases in the United States dropped among men in 35 states and among women in six states between 1999 and 2008. Among women, lung cancer incidence decreased nationwide between 2006 and 2008, after increasing steadily for decades. The decrease in lung cancer cases corresponds closely with smoking patterns across the nation. In the West, where smoking prevalence is lower among men and women than in other regions, lung cancer incidence is decreasing faster. Studies show declines in lung cancer rates can be seen as soon as five years after smoking rates decline. The report also noted that states that make greater investments in effective tobacco control strategies see larger reductions in smoking, and the longer they invest, the greater the savings in smoking-related health care costs. Such strategies include higher tobacco prices, hard-hitting media campaigns, 100% smoke-free policies, and easily accessible quitting treatments and services for those who want to quit.

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