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Cigarette Smoking, United States, 2006-2008 & 2009-2010

Wednesday, December 11, 2013  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR Weekly. 22 Nov 2013/62(03);81-84 

The purposes of this report are to discuss and raise awareness of differences in the smoking prevalence of current smokers and to prompt actions to reduce disparities. Some progress in reducing smoking prevalence among certain racial/ethnic groups was observed; however, disparities among persons with low-SES persisted. For both youth and adults, little to no changes in smoking prevalence for those below FPL was observed from 2006–2008 to 2009–2010; however, decreases were observed for youth and adults who were above FPL. During 2009–2010, the prevalence of smoking was 46.4% among 12th-grade–aged youth who had dropped out of school compared with 21.9% among youth who were still in the 12th grade. Among adults, smoking prevalence was 34.6% for those who did not graduate from high school compared with 13.2% among those with a college degree. From 2006–2008 to 2009–2010, smoking declined from 44.7% to 40.9% among adults who were unemployed. Among racial/ethnic groups, smoking prevalence was lowest among black and Asian youth aged 12–17 years during both survey cycles. Although smoking prevalence remained highest among American Indian/Alaska Native youth and adults, smoking declined from 17.2% to 13.6% in youth and from 42.2% to 34.4% in adults.

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