Drastic action has been taken to reduce the likeliness of cancer, as well as an increase in the ability to fight the disease. Since 1991 the number of people who have died from cancer has fallen annually by as much as 22%. Some of this reduction in deaths has been credited to the reduction in the number of smokers, and the extra measures to limit exposure to tobacco smoke in public areas. What seems like only a few short years ago, you were commonly asked if you wanted to sit in the smoking or non-smoking section of a restaurant when you went out to eat, but that scene has changed all across the country.
Reduction in US Smokers Credited For 22% Reduction In Cancer Deaths
Teens and young adults are far less likely to take up a smoking habit these days, compared to the 1980’s and even the early 1990’s. Campaigns for anti-smoking began heavily targeting young children and teens on Television, and in schools. The image of a cool kid standing around smoking became the stigma of the bad kid smoking to be rebellious. The image was no longer cool, and the commercials on TV reinforced the idea of smoking being an unhealthy habit that would eventually kill you.
While not all of the 22% of cancer reduction can be accredited to smoking alone, it certainly helped. Other advancements in the early detection, as well as better treatments for cancer have helped more people survive than in the past. There are more options available today for treatment than there were 25 years ago. Cancer is still something to be taken seriously, but there is a lot more hope than there used to be. The biggest factor seems to be preventing cancer, and that is the aim of the health profession as of late.
Reduction in US Smokers Credited For 22% Reduction In Cancer Deaths.