Deaths prevented due to declines in smoking – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Twentieth-century tobacco control programs and policies have prevented hundreds of thousands of lung cancer deaths in the US since 1975. Dr. Eric Feuer at the NIH says researchers used mathematical models to compare three smoking cessation scenarios.
Feuer: By comparing the number of lung cancer death between these scenarios we found while that 800,000 lung cancer deaths were averted, this represents about one third of the total lung cancer deaths that could have been prevented if tobacco control had been immediate and perfect.
Narrator: He adds this research indicates that continued and enhanced tobacco control efforts have the potential to avert even more deaths. 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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