Coronary Heart Disease among Female Smokers

Rebecca C. Gantt, Jetson E. Lincoln, Kenneth A. Perkins, Walter Willett, Meir Stampfer, Frank Speizer, Graham Colditz, Richard Monson, William Stason, Bernard Rosner, Charles Hennekens

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To the Editor: Although age and consumption intervals overlap, the relative risks of coronary death among smokers and nonsmokers reported by Willett et al. (Nov. 19 issue)1 in a study of 119,404 female nurses (ages 30 to 55), with a six-year follow-up that began in 1976, are clearly higher than those among the women followed for six years in the even larger 25-state study2 that began in 1959. For example, Willett et al. report that among women smoking more than 25 cigarettes a day, the relative risk is 5.4, whereas the earlier data indicate that the relative risk among women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1396-1397
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number21
StatePublished - May 26 1988


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