Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Am J Public Health. 2013 Mar;103(3):443-7. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.300926. Epub 2013 Jan 17.

Radon, smoking, and lung cancer: the need to refocus radon control policy.

Author information

1
Department of Health Policy, School of Public Health and Health Services, George Washington University, Washington, DC 20006, USA. planz@gwu.edu

Abstract

Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and the risk is significantly higher for smokers than for nonsmokers. More than 85% of radon-induced lung cancer deaths are among smokers. The most powerful approach for reducing the public health burden of radon is shaped by 2 overarching principles: public communication efforts that promote residential radon testing and remediation will be the most cost effective if they are primarily directed at current and former smokers; and focusing on smoking prevention and cessation is the optimal strategy for reducing radon-induced lung cancer in terms of both public health gains and economic efficiency. Tobacco control policy is the most promising route to the public health goals of radon control policy.

Comment in

PMID:
23327258
PMCID:
PMC3673501
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2012.300926
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Atypon Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center