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Lung cancer cases are mirroring the smoking rates of around two to three decades earlier, according to figures released by Cancer Research UK.
Smoking was most prevalent among British women during the 1960s, when around 45% of women smoked. This has since fallen by more than half.
The new figures also show that the total number of UK lung cancer deaths stands at almost 35,000 per year. A total of 19,410 men and 15,449 women died from the disease in 2010.
Jean King, director of tobacco control at Cancer Research UK, said: "It's vital that the UK closes one of the last remaining loopholes that portrays smoking as something glamorous and normal, rather than the lethal product it truly is.
"Ending the packet racket and putting all cigarettes in plain packs with large health warnings is crucial. No one wants to see children take up smoking, and while plain packs won't stop everyone from smoking, it will give millions of children one less reason to start."
The total number of UK lung cancer deaths stands at almost 35,000 per year, new figures from Cancer Research UK show. A total of 19,410 men and 15,449 women died from the disease in 2010.
Rates of lung cancer are continuing to rise in British women, with more than 18,000 cases diagnosed in 2009, according to new figures from Cancer Research UK.
Incidence of the disease has reached 39.3 for every 100,000 women in the UK. This compares with a rate of 22.2 per 100,000 in 1975 when there were fewer than 8,000 cases.