Time trends in lung cancer mortality among nonsmokers and a note on passive smoking

J Natl Cancer Inst. 1981 Jun;66(6):1061-6. doi: 10.1093/jnci/66.6.1061.


Lung cancer mortality rates were computed for nonsmokers in the American Cancer Society's prospective study for three 4-year periods from 1960 to 1972 and in the Dorn study of veterans for three 5-year periods from 1954 to 1969. There was no evidence of any trend in these rates by 5-year age groups or for the total groups. No time trend was observed in nonsmokers for cancers of other selected sites except for a decrease in cancer of the uterus. Compared to nonsmoking women married to nonsmoking husbands, nonsmokers married to smoking husbands showed very little, if any, increased risk of lung cancer.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Environmental Exposure
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / etiology
  • Lung Neoplasms / mortality*
  • Male
  • Marriage
  • Middle Aged
  • Military Medicine
  • Prospective Studies
  • Smoke
  • Smoking*
  • Time Factors
  • United States


  • Smoke