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Lung cancer rates ‘rising among women’

10th October 2013

A government report marking the beginning of the 2013 Stoptober campaign has highlighted the serious health risk smoking can pose to women.

According to the latest official figures, the incidence of lung cancer has continued to increase among females while dropping for men, suggesting that smoking remains a major cause of ill health among women and young girls.

More than eight million people in England smoke and it remains the nation's biggest killer, prompting the government to introduce its successful Stoptober smoking cessation campaign last year.

Running throughout October, the scheme encourages people to abstain from lighting up for a whole month, with around 160,000 people having successfully completed the challenge in 2012.

Chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies said: "One in two long-term smokers die as a result of smoking – this is the single biggest cause of premature death, taking more than 100,000 lives in the UK."

Celebrity supporters of this year's campaign include the likes of Melanie C, Iwan Thomas, Jenny Frost and Anthony Costa.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801648161-ADNFCR

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