30 Percent Of Cancer Deaths In U.S. Are Linked With Smoking

Posted: Oct 25 2016, 10:11am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 25 2016, 10:13am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
30 Percent of Cancer Deaths in U.S. are Linked with Smoking
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Analysis of state specific statistics reveals that the highest rate among men is in Arkansas, where 40 percent of cancer deaths are attributed to cigarette smoking

Smoking is one of the most common causes of cancer-related deaths in United States. A new research says that more than 167,000 cancer deaths were caused by cigarette smoking in 2014, which makes up of 30 percent of all U.S. cancer deaths. However, the rate is not consistent across the country.

The rate is much higher in Arkansas men where 40 percent of cancer deaths are linked to smoking while Kentucky had the highest rate among women with 29 percent. Southern states in general had the highest rate of cancer deaths because many of these states still allow smoking at worksites or bars or restaurants and also have no specific laws prohibiting cigarette smoking.

The lowest cancer-related death rate was seen in Utah where 22 percent of cancer deaths in men and 11 percent in women were associated with smoking. Despite being the biggest preventable cause of cancer deaths, there are still 40 million adult smokers in U.S.

Researches attribute 12 types of cancer-related deaths to smoking including lung, liver, bronchus, stomach and bladder. To calculate the proportion of cancer deaths among adults 35 years and older in relation to cigarette smoking, researchers from the American Cancer Society analyzed statistics in all 50 state and the District of Columbia.

“In this study of population-attributed fraction of cancer deaths due to cigarette smoking, cigarette smoking explained a high proportion of cancer deaths in all states, but this proportion was highest in several Southern states, notably Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Louisiana.” Study reads.

Though smoking is still the biggest threat to the heath in United States but it can be reduced or even overcome with comprehensive tobacco-control programs.

“Not surprisingly, states with underfunded tobacco-control programs have the highest prevalence of smoking, as well as the highest proportion of cancer deaths attributable to cigarette smoking.” Patricia Folan from Center for Tobacco Control at Northwell Health in New York said.

Besides strong anti-smoking media campaigns, strict tobacco control policies, increased taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, smoke-free laws can also help people quitting smoking and reducing cancer death rate.

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