Smoking Rates Drop Slightly in the United States
In a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) – Vital Signs: Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults Among Adults Aged ≥18 Years --- United States, 2005—2010 from September 9, 2011 it was reported that there was a slight drop in smoking rates among Americans. In 2010, 19.3% of the adults in America were current cigarette smokers. This showed a slight decline in smokers in the United States down from 20.9% in 2005. Of those considered smokers, those who smoked 1 to 9 cigarettes a day increased from 16.4% in 2005 to 21.8% in 2010. But the proportion of people who smoked greater/equal to 30 cigarettes per day decreased from 12.7% to 8.3%.
The decrease in smokers from 2005 to 2010, represents approximately 3 million people if the same 20.9% prevalence of smokers in 2005 among adults would have still existed in 2010. In 2010 the greatest prevalence of smokers existed in the Midwest with a 21.8% and the South with a 21.0% of their corresponding populations. The use of Tabacco still remains the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the United States.
Brian King, PhD, Shanta Dube, PhD, Rachel Kaufmann, PhD, Lauren Shaw, MS , Terry Pechacek, PhD, Vital Signs: Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults Aged ≥18 Years --- United States, 2005—2010, September 9, 2011 / 60(35);1207-1212 , Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion,, CDC, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6035a5.htm?s_cid=mm6035a5_w Accessed on 9-20-2011.