CDC: Smoking rate drops slightly from 2010 to 2011

The number of U.S. adult smokers fell only slightly, from 19.3% in 2010 to 19% in 2011, but heavy smoking has become less prevalent, declining more than 25% since 2005, CDC officials said. They added that state funding for antismoking programs failed to meet the agency’s recommendations. The findings appear in the Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report. MedPage Today (free registration) (11/8)

Quitting smoking improves survival for lung cancer patients

Researchers looked at the medical records of 4,200 lung cancer patients in the U.S. and found that those ages 84 and younger who had quit smoking more than a year before their diagnosis lived longer than those who continued to smoke. The study appeared online in the journal Cancer. Reuters (10/11)

Prenatal smoke exposure may raise risk of childhood asthma

Women who smoked during the first trimester of pregnancy were more likely to have children with asthma and wheezing problems compared with women who didn’t smoke, a Swedish study found. However, researchers noted that maternal smoking in the third trimester or the initial year of life did not raise the likelihood of developing these conditions. The findings appear in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. HealthDay News

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