Effects of radon mitigation vs smoking cessation in reducing radon-related risk of lung cancer

Am J Public Health. 1998 May;88(5):811-2. doi: 10.2105/ajph.88.5.811.


Objectives: The purpose of this paper is to provide smokers with information on the relative benefits of mitigating radon and quitting smoking in reducing radon-related lung cancer risk.

Methods: The standard radon risk model, linked with models characterizing residential radon exposure and patterns of moving to new homes, was used to estimate the risk reduction produced by remediating high-radon homes, quitting smoking, or both.

Results: Quitting smoking reduces lung cancer risk from radon more than does reduction of radon exposure itself.

Conclusions: Smokers should understand that, in addition to producing other health benefits, quitting smoking dominates strategies to deal with the problem posed by radon.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Air Pollution, Indoor / prevention & control*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / etiology
  • Lung Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Male
  • Models, Biological
  • Population Dynamics
  • Radon / adverse effects*
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking Cessation*


  • Radon