Deaths prevented due to declines in smoking – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Experts say that an added half-million more people would have died from lung cancer if tobacco control policies and programs had never started. Dr. Eric Feuer at the NIH explains that was one of three scenarios studied in a recent, NIH-funded analysis.
Feuer: A second scenario was one in which everyone quit just after the first Surgeon General's report we called that complete tobacco control.
Narrator: If all cigarette smoking in this country had stopped following the release of the first Surgeon General's report on smoking and health in 1964, a total of 2.5 million people would have been spared from death due to lung cancer. For details, visit www.cancer.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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