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Saturday 27 December 2014

Mad Men generation of women contribute to increase in lung cancer cases

Mad Men has won much praise for its faithful representation of the 1960s. This is especially true of the costumes worn by characters in the show, including (l-r) Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks)
Mad Men has won much praise for its faithful representation of the 1960s. This is especially true of the costumes worn by characters in the show, including (l-r) Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks)
Actress Christina Hendricks
Mad Men: Don Draper, played by Jon Hamm
Mad Men star Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway, with vintage compact and perfume bottles
Christina Hendricks
Mad Men: Betty Draper (January Jones)
Every prop used in Mad Men has to be exactly right to replicate 1960s New York
Mad Men: Betty Draper (January Jones), Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) and Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks)
Christina Hendricks
Mad Men: Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser)
Mad Men: Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss)
Christina Hendricks and actor Geoffrey Arend attend the AMC After Party for the 62nd Annual EMMY Awards
Mad Men: Roger Sterling (John Slattery)
Much of the charm of 'Mad Men' lies in its visual style and authenticity; all props, including glasses, ashtrays and even ice cubes are meticulously researched and collected
Much of the charm of 'Mad Men' lies in its visual style and authenticity; all props, including glasses, ashtrays and even ice cubes are meticulously researched and collected
Mad Men: Roger Sterling and Don Draper
Mad Men: (Ice cubes) varied, depending on whether they were drinking in the home, at the office, or in a bar
Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in Mad Men
Mad Men's stylish design has influenced a generation of films and TV shows
January Jones, Elizabeth Moss and actress Christina Hendricks at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Los Angeles
Mad Men's faithful rendering of the 1960s has won a devoted following among design enthusiasts, influencing everything from catwalk fashions to an official range of Barbie dolls
Mad Men's creator, Matthew Weiner, likes to think that channel-hoppers who have never watched the show, but unwittingly chance upon an episode on television late at night, might jump to the conclusion that they are looking at a 50-year-old repeat
Mad Men: No detail is overlooked in creating the show's authentic 1960s style
Mad Men has been praised by critics for its success at recreating the clothes, homes, and consumer products of the 1960s
Mad Men: Greg Harris (Sam Page) and Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks)

A rise in the number of women smoking during the 60s, known as the Mad Men generation after the hit US television series, has seen lung cancer rates grow in the UK.

In the 1960s, almost half of women smoked, compared to one in five now, it was revealed by Cancer Research UK.

The charity added that women took up smoking in the 60s when it was considered glamorous and even normal during pregnancy, but over 50 years later, this outdated attitude has taken its toll.

Because lung cancer takes up to 30 years to develop symptoms, the result of the escalation in female tobacco consumption during the 60s is only recently coming to light.

In 1975 there were 22 cases of lung cancer for every 100,000 women but today this figure stands at almost 40.

“These latest figures highlight the deadly impact of tobacco. The continuing rise of lung cancer in women reflects the high number of female smokers several decades ago when attitudes were different,” said a charity spokesman.

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