Health and economic burden of major cancers due to smoking in Korea

In Hwan Oh, Seok Jun Yoon, Tai Young Yoon, Joong Myung Choi, Bong Keun Choe, Eun Jung Kim, Young Ae Kim, Hye Young Seo, Yoon Hyung Park

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    Cigarette smoking is one of the most important public health concerns in Korea and worldwide. A number of studies have been conducted to measure the health and economic burden of smoking, but these did not reflect recent changes such as the decrease in smoking rate and the increase in the incidence of cancer. The purpose of this study was to provide up-to-date estimates of the health and economic burden of cancer caused by smoking and to compare the results with those of previous studies. Cancer-related burden was assessed with nationally representative data such as claims data from the National Health Insurance Corporation, and cause of death records from the National Statistical Office and the Korea Health Panel. We determined the smoking-attributable burden by multiplying the smoking-attributable fraction by the total burden. As a result, the burden of major cancers due to smoking was found to be substantial despite a recent sharp decrease in smoking by the Korean population. The total economic cost reaches $2,234.0 million in males and $870.0 million in females. Also, the health burden of cancers due to smoking is 2,038.9 disability adjusted life years (DALYs) per 100,000 individuals in men and 732.2 DALYs per 100,000 individuals in women. Among all cancers, cancers of the trachea, lungs and bronchus are the leading causes of health and economic burden. The huge burden caused by cancers linked to smoking makes it imperative that adequate policies to decrease the prevalence of smoking be developed, particularly considering the recent increase in smoking rate among women.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1525-1531
    Number of pages7
    JournalAsian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • Cancer
    • Cost of illness
    • Daly
    • Korea
    • Smoking

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Epidemiology
    • Oncology
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Cancer Research


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