Anti-smoking efforts have saved 8 million American lives

Posted: 1/8/2014

From USA Today:

An American man's life expectancy at age 40 has increased by an average of nearly eight years, and a woman's by nearly 5½ years, since 1964. About one-third of those gains come from decreased tobacco use, the analysis says.

"Tobacco control has been described, accurately, as one of the great public health successes of the 20th century," CDC director Thomas Frieden writes in an accompanying editorial.

Twenty-six states and Washington, D.C., now ban smoking in indoor public places. As smoking rates have declined, so have the incidence rates of many cancers. About 40% of the decline in men's overall cancer death rates, in fact, is due to the drop in tobacco use, according to the American Cancer Society. Read more.