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Heavy Smoking Declines in U.S.
Date:3/16/2011

gs show that both prevention programs and programs to help people quit are essential, he said. In addition, laws passed that prevent public smoking have also played an important role in the decline in smoking, Edelman noted.

"The ban on public smoking seems to help people quit," he said. "But, the job is not over -- 20 percent of Americans still smoke, so there is still a long way to go. But we have begun to turn the tide in lung cancer and it looks like it's happening in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)."

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SOURCES: John P. Pierce, Ph.D., professor, family and preventive medicine, University of California San Diego, La Jolla; Danny McGoldrick, vice president, research, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids; Norman H. Edelman, M.D., scientific consultant, American Lung Association; March 16, 2011, Journal of the American Medical Association


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