February 1988

Cigarette Smoking Among Childhood Cancer Survivors-Reply

Author Affiliations

Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics Washington University School of Medicine 4940 Audubon Ave St Louis, MO 63110

Am J Dis Child. 1988;142(2):124. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1988.02150020017010

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In Reply.—It is always a pleasure to receive letters about studies that confirm data in one's own article. My colleagues and I thank the aforementioned authors for sharing their thoughts.

We agree with Troyer and Holmes that cigarette smoking, especially in a group of people known to be prone to cancer, represents risk-taking behavior. In our study, cigarette smoking was one of the items related to risk-taking behavior. At the time of the interview, 23% of the men and 28% of the women in our study population admitted to smoking cigarettes, although the women were quick to point out that they only smoked occasionally. Every smoker remarked that he or she knew smoking was a bad idea, especially since irradiation of the chest was part of their treatment (no mention was made of the risk of cancer). An additional 18% of the men and 5% of the women had

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