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CMAJ. May 1, 1987; 136(9): 945–951.
PMCID: PMC1491963
Deaths in Canada from lung cancer due to involuntary smoking.
D T Wigle, N E Collishaw, J Kirkbride, and Y Mao
Abstract
Recently published evidence indicates that involuntary smoking causes an increased risk of lung cancer among nonsmokers. Information was compiled on the proportion of people who had never smoked among victims of lung cancer, the risk of lung cancer for nonsmokers married to smokers and the prevalence of such exposure. On the basis of these data we estimate that 50 to 60 of the deaths from lung cancer in Canada in 1985 among people who had never smoked were caused by spousal smoking; about 90% occurred in women. The total number of deaths from lung cancer attributable to exposure to tobacco smoke from spouses and other sources (mainly the workplace) was derived by applying estimated age- and sex-specific rates of death from lung cancer attributable to such exposure to the population of Canadians who have never smoked; about 330 deaths from lung cancer annually are attributable to such exposure.
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  • Lee Peter N. Non-smoking wives of heavy smokers have a higher risk of lung cancer. Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1981 Nov 28;283(6304):b1465–1466. [PMC free article]
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