Lower Adult Smoking Rates with More Adults Quitting: Levels Still Below Nation's Goal for 2010
percentage of U.S. adults who smoke cigarettes continues to decline and
more adults have successfully quit smoking than remain current smokers.
The study estimates that 20.9 percent – 44.5 million people
– are current smokers, down from 21.6 percent in 2003 and 22.5
percent in 2002, according to a recent article in CDC’s Morbidity
and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
encouraged by the continued decline in cigarette smoking among U.S.
adults and want to congratulate those who have successfully quit," said
CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding.
smoking is the most important step smokers can take to improve their
overall health and reduce their risk of disease," Dr. Gerberding said.
"For smokers who want to quit, resources are available to help,
including calling the national network of quitlines at 1-800-QUIT-NOW
or going to www.smokefree.gov."
also indicates that the prevalence of heavy smoking (25 or more
cigarettes per day) has declined over the past decade, from 19.1
percent of smokers in 1993 to 12.1 percent of smokers in 2004.
study in the MMWR, the 2004 Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System
reports that 50 percent or more of smokers had quit in 36 states/areas.
In the majority of states, most adults have never been smokers and
among those who have ever smoked, the majority have quit. In four
states, Connecticut, California, Vermont, and Utah, 60 percent or more
of smokers have quit smoking.
The CDC said
it would formally implement its tobacco-free campus policy. The policy
bans theuse of all tobacco products at CDC owned facilities and
grounds, and in government vehicles.
tobacco-free initiative fits with one of CDC’s public health
goals, to achieve healthy workplaces by promoting and protecting the
health and safety of people who work by preventing workplace-related
fatalities, illnesses, injuries, and personal health risks. This
includes preventing exposure to tobacco and promoting physical
education programs," said Gerberding.
For copies of the full MMWR articles, visit www.cdc.gov/mmwr