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Smokers who quit still die earlier than those who never smoked

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 25 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:806
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Despite a widespread cessation in smoking over the past several decades, there has been no significant decline in death rates from lung cancer among former smokers, according to a new study (Epidemiology 1999;10:500-12).

    The study looked at the impact of stopping smoking on death rates in a group of 51 343 men and 66 751 women from California who were enrolled in the American Cancer Society's original cancer prevention study in 1959 and followed for 38 years.

    The study compared the age adjusted death rate, expressed as deaths per 1000 person years, among all participants who had smoked cigarettes in 1959 but who had stopped smoking by 1997 with …

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