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Type: Journal article
Title: Women who smoke like men die like men who smoke: findings from two Australian cohort studies
Author: Jamrozik, Konrad
McLaughlin, Deirdre
McCaul, Kieran Anthony
Almeida, Osvaldo P.
Wong, K. Y. Carmen
Vagenas, Dimitrios
Dobson, Annette J.
Citation: Tobacco Control, 2011; 20(4):258-265
Publisher: British Medical Journal Publications Group
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 0964-4563
School/Discipline: School of Population Health and Clinical Practice : Public Health
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Konrad Jamrozik, Deirdre McLaughlin, Kieran McCaul, Osvaldo P Almeida, Kore Yiee Wong, Dimitrios Vagenas and Annette Dobson
Abstract: Background: There is controversy about whether men and women with similar smoking histories have similar incidence and mortality rates from smoking related diseases. Objective: To compare mortality rates from all causes of death and various smoking related causes for men and women smokers categorised by numbers of cigarettes smoked and for ex-smokers by time since quitting. Methods: This was a 10-year follow-up study with deaths identified from the National Death Index. The setting was two cohort studies in Australia established in 1996. Participants were: men (n¼12 154) and women (n¼11 707) aged (mean (SD)) 72.1 (4.4) and 72.5 (1.5) years, respectively, when recruited. The main outcome measure was HRs for men and women separately and RRs calculated from combined analyses using proportional hazards models (for deaths from all causes) and competing risks proportional hazards models (for specific causes). Results: HRs for deaths from all causes for men (n¼3549 deaths) and women (n¼2665 deaths) among smokers increased with amount smoked and for ex-smokers decreased with time since quitting. Similar effects were found for various groups of smoking-related conditions with the dose-response effects largest for lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The ratios of HRs for women relative to men were near unity and the 95% CIs included unity for almost all comparisons. Conclusions: The data provide strong evidence that men and women with similar patterns of smoking experience similar rates of death due to smoking.
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RMID: 0020110514
DOI: 10.1136/tc.2010.039172
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