Deaths prevented due to declines in smoking – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Recent analysis shows that tobacco control programs and policies have helped prevent lung cancer deaths in the U.S. Dr. Eric Feuer at the NIH says great strides have been made in preventing deaths.
Feuer: 800,000 lung cancer deaths, that's 550,000 men and 250,000 women were prevented due to the decline in smoking rates that occurred since the first Surgeon General's report.
Narrator: The first Surgeon General report on smoking and health was released in 1964.
Feuer: If all cigarette smoking has ceased following the first Surgeon General report, we estimate that we could have prevented 2.5 million lung cancer deaths, 1.6 million men and almost 900,000 women.
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