Tennessee women see rise in lung cancer deaths

Tennessee women see rise in lung cancer deaths

July 16th, 2012 by The Tennessean in Local - Breaking News

Cigarette smoking

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Tennessee women who lit up Virginia Slims and other cigarette brands in the 1960s and 1970s as acts of liberation are dying of lung cancer more often than women of earlier generations.

A new study shows a spike in lung cancer deaths among Tennessee women who started the habit when it became more socially acceptable to smoke and tobacco companies targeted them in marketing campaigns.

However, the same study shows women were able to largely avoid this death cycle in California and other states that imposed strict anti-smoking policies and higher tobacco taxes.

Read more at the Tennessean.