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Vital Signs: Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults Aged ≥18 Years --- United States, 2009.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR Weekly. 2010 Sept. 10;59(35):1135-1140. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5935a3.htm  
This article reports results of the 2009 National Health Interview Survey and the 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. According to the surveys, in 2009, 20.6% of U.S. adults aged ≥18 years were current cigarette smokers. Men (23.5%) were more likely than women (17.9%) to be current smokers. The prevalence of smoking was 31.1% among persons below the federal poverty level. For adults aged ≥25 years, the prevalence of smoking was 28.5% among persons with less than a high school diploma, compared with 5.6% among those with a graduate degree. Regional differences were observed, with the West having the lowest prevalence (16.4%) and higher prevalences being observed in the South (21.8%) and Midwest (23.1%). From 2005 to 2009, the proportion of U.S. adults who were current cigarette smokers did not change (20.9% in 2005 and 20.6% in 2009). The authors note that the burden of cigarette smoking continues to be high, especially in persons living below the federal poverty level and with low educational attainment, and conclude that sustained, adequately funded, comprehensive tobacco control programs could reduce adult smoking.

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