from journal Cancer Prevention Research
For those who question the many efforts to ban or limit smoking in various states and cities, there is new evidence that tobacco controls do work. Voters in California voted in 1988 to discourage tobacco use and smoking. As a result, lung cancer deaths in California are now twenty-eight percent lower than the rest of the country--and a study in journal Cancer Prevention Research says the gap is widening each year by almost one percent. Discouraging people from ever starting to smoke is the most effective way to reduce the health consequences of tobacco use, but authors from the University of California San Diego say a reduction in the number of people dying from lung cancer would be much greater if more current smokers quit.