Women have caught up to men on lung cancer risk

January 24, 2013

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Associated Press


Smoke like a man, die like a man.

U.S. women who smoke today have a much greater risk of dying from lung cancer than they did decades ago, partly because they are starting younger and smoking more — that is, they are lighting up like men, new research shows.

Women also have caught up with men in their risk of dying from smoking-related illnesses. Lung cancer risk leveled off in the 1980s for men but is still rising for women.

“It’s a massive failure in prevention,” said one study leader, Dr. Michael Thun of the American Cancer Society. And it’s likely to repeat itself in places like China and Indonesia where smoking is growing, he said. About 1.3 billion people worldwide smoke.

The research is in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine. It is one of the most comprehensive looks ever at long-term trends in the effects of smoking and includes the first generation of U.S. women who started early in life and continued for decades, long enough for health effects to show up.

The U.S. has more than 35 million smokers — about 20 percent of men and 18 percent of women. The percentage of people who smoke is far lower than it used to be; rates peaked around 1960 in men and two decades later in women.

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BTCD Welcomes new Chronic Disease & HIV Prevention Office Chiefs

January 18, 2013


It is with great excitement that I can announce that the ADHS Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease has filled two critical leadership positions that will help propel us into a future of bold vision and great public health outcomes for Arizonans throughout the state.  Effective February 4, 2013, Anna Alonzo will serve as Office Chief, Chronic Disease Programs, and equally exciting, John Sapero will serve as Office Chief, HIV Prevention Services. Read the rest of this entry »

Group Asking for Smoking Restrictions – Parker Pioneer

January 10, 2013

By John Gutekunst – Parker Pioneer

The Parker Town Council heard a presentation Dec. 4 from area young people who would like to see smoking prohibited or restricted at Pop Harvey Park.

Members of the La Paz County Youth Tobacco Coalition, “Teen Solutions,” took turns at the podium asking that designated no-smoking areas be established at the park or that smoking be banned altogether.  Their presentation including information posters made by the students themselves, as well as a container showing all the cigarette butts they had collected in the park in just one day.

The young people also presented the council with a petition supporting their proposal that had more than 100 signatures.

Tammy Minor, the group’s advisor from the La Paz County Tobacco Education and Prevention Program, said the students started this project on their own and had worked on it for more than a year.

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Stephen Michael Discusses New Year’s Resolutions and the ASHLine on Yuma’s Channell 11

January 10, 2013

Quit Smoking – Get in Shape

January 3, 2013

Local Gym Offers Incentives for Smokers to Quit

PHOENIX (Dec. 31, 2012)


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