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Anti-smoking campaigns 'reduce lung cancer cases'

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Anti-smoking measures could help save lives by significantly decreasing the amount of people developing lung cancer, a US study showed.

Researchers at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that new cases had dropped among men in 35 states and women in six western states between 1999 and 2008, leading to significant savings in health care costs.

This was particularly pronounced in states which had introduced higher tobacco prices, no-smoking areas and anti-smoking media campaigns, they added.

Director of CDC’s cancer prevention and control division, Marcus Plescia, said: “What the report is showing is that we are really turning around one of our most significant modern day epidemics, and that is lung cancer.

“It is investment that really, really pays off, not just in life loss, but for fiscal savings, too.”

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  • Unbelievable, it really is! Director of CDC’s cancer prevention and control division, Marcus Plescia, said: “What the report is showing is that we are really turning around one of our most significant modern day epidemics, and that is lung cancer.
    Why is it then that this report ( http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/sep/16/un-summit-spread-lifestyle-diseases ) states that an urgent meeting in New York is to discuss the rising death rates and this one graphically describes the World Cancer Rates on the Increase-yet World Smoking Rates are on then DECREASE!
    Now just who do we believe? (discounting the actual WHO-of whom you can believe nothing!)

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  • Apologies, 2nd link for the above:- http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/19/world-cancer-toll-research?INTCMP=SRCH

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  • Unbelievable, it really is! Johnson likes to play apples and oranges. Confused, he mixes up US and World rates.

    CDC talks about smoking rates in the US, especially the western states--which tend to have lower smoking rates and concommitant lower tobacco-related disease rates.

    The Guardian article talks about GLOBAL smoking, and smoking rates in developing countries--those without strong tobacco control policies and at the mercy of tobacco companies' marketing practices they could never get away with in US--are SKYROCKETING.

    Listen and learn.

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