Cigarette Smoking in Adults - Statistical Data Included

Author: Elaine Kierl Gangel
Date: March 15, 2002

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed data from the 1999 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) to gauge progress toward the 2010 national health objective to reduce the prevalence of cigarette smoking in adults to 12 percent or less. The survey results showed that about 46.5 million adults (23.5 percent) were current smokers. No significant changes were found to occur between 1998 and 1999; however, smoking prevalence has slightly declined since 1993. The report that summarized the data appears in the October 12, 2001 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The 2010 health objectives can be met, according to the 2000 report of the Surgeon General, if comprehensive strategies to control tobacco use are initiated. These strategies include the following: increasing the prices of tobacco products; implementing smoking restrictions and bans; and launching education campaigns targeted at a wide range of smokers. The CDC has recommended that smoking cessation strategies be incorporated into statewide programs such as those that have already been initiated in Arizona.

Other findings from the data showed: (1) more men than women were smokers (25.7 and 21.5 percent, respectively); (2) persons between 18 and 44 years of age had the highest prevalence of smoking; and (3) adults living below the poverty level had the highest prevalence of smoking.

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