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.”