Smoking prevalence among cancer survivors by state: A population based estimate
Results: Overall, 17.6% of survivors were current smokers compare to 21.8% of persons with no cancer history. The prevalence of smoking among survivors was over 20% in 17 states with adequate sample size; approximately one third of Southern states were in the highest quartile of smoking prevalence. Smoking prevalence among survivors was highest in Kentucky (30.7%, 95% CI 27.2 - 34.4) and lowest in Massachusetts (11.8%, 9.1 - 15.1) and Connecticut (11.8%, 8.8 - 15.7). Across years, survivors showed a similar downward trend to those with no cancer history.
Conclusions: Smoking prevalence among survivors varies by state. Public health efforts should assess the needs of survivors for effective smoking cessation and prevention interventions at the state level, and allocate appropriate resources to address those needs, particularly in states with highest prevalence.
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Explain the health consequences of smoking on cancer survivors during treatment and beyond. Assess smoking prevalence in cancer survivors among the 50 states plus the District of Columbia and rank states accordingly. Describe trends in smoking prevalence among survivors and compare it with trends in smoking prevalence among individuals with no history of cancer across 14 years.
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