Lung Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

5. How does smoking affect lung cancer rates?

In 1965, about 42 percent of all adults smoked, but by 2008 only 21 percent did. During that time, there has been a sharp drop in lung cancer deaths among men, mainly because fewer men are smoking.

Smoking rates, which were dropping, have stopped declining in recent years. Smoking by young people actually increased by 73 percent in the 1990s.

Many smoking education programs now focus on reversing the increase in the number of people who smoke.