Smoking causes 270,000 cancers yearly in Europe: study

From NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Across eight European and Scandinavian countries, 270,000 people are diagnosed every year with cancers caused by smoking, according to a new study.

“These results tell us that (the) contribution of tobacco smoking to cancer is substantial, and that, in spite of substantial efforts put forward to reduce smoking in European countries, the overwhelming importance of cigarette smoking on cancer risk is still of public health concern, and a priority from the point of view of prevention,” said Dr. Antonio Agudo, the lead author of the study and a researcher at the Catalan Institute of Oncology in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain.

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