Western US States that invested in tobacco control strategies such as higher tobacco prices, media campaigns and 100% smoke free policies, have seen a rapid decline in smoking rates and lung cancer, according to new findings.
A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the USA analysed many states in the USA to look at smoking and lung cancer rates.
Over nearly a decade, from 1999 to 2008, rates of new lung cancer cases dropped among men in 35 states and women in six states. States which invested in tobacco control strategies had higher levels of decline in smoking rates and lung cancer cases.
The results show that by reducing the number of people who smoke, lung cancer could decline to levels not seen in over a century. This would produce significant health care cost savings and save lives.