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California lung cancer death rate less than national average

California lung cancer death rate less than national average

California has a 28 percent lower lung cancer death rate than the rest of the country thanks to statewide policies against tobacco, a study concluded.

As far back as the 1980s the state highlighted the link between smoking and cancer and introduced the nation’s first tobacco control program.

Those efforts resulted in fewer people starting smoking and more people quitting, researchers at the University of California, San Diego announced Wednesday.

Californians under 35 who do smoke puffed 30 percent fewer cigarettes and had a 24 percent higher quit rate than the rest of the nation, the research found.

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