We were disappointed to read the results of recent research that finds women in the United States who smoke are at a greater risk of dying from lung cancer today than they were 10 years ago. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine says the reason is women are picking up the habit at a younger age and are smoking more than women did a decade ago.
Researchers say women today have caught up with men in their risk of dying from all smoking-related illnesses. While the number of cases of lung cancer leveled off for men in the 1980s, it is still rising for women.
Helping both women and men quit the habit is one way to combat the problem. Nearly 20 percent of Americans still smoke on a regular basis (some of them teenagers), and it could have deadly consequences for those around them. The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids estimates that 1,000 Tennesseans die annually as a result of secondhand smoke.
Kicking the nicotine habit can be hard. That’s why American Cancer Society offers Quit For Life, a program that has helped more than 400,000 smokers since it was launched in 2000. The program provides smokers access to trained counselors who can help them devise a plan to quit. Learn more about this program by going to www.cancer.org.
Studies have found that using such services can more than double a person’s chances of successfully ending their smoking days. It’s also been shown that smokers who quit by age 35 can add an average of eight years to their lives.