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Quitting Smoking Among Adults --- United States, 2001--2010

Wednesday, December 7, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR Weekly. November 11, 2011; 60(44):1513-1519.CDC analyzed data from the 2001-2010 National Health Interview Surveys (NHIS) to determine the prevalence of 1) current interest in quitting smoking, 2) successful recent smoking cessation, 3) recent use of cessation treatments, and 4) trends in quit attempts over a 10-year period. The results showed that, in 2010, 68.8% of adult smokers wanted to stop smoking. By race/ethnicity, interest in quitting was highest among non-Hispanic black smokers (75.6%), followed by non-Hispanic whites (69.1%), persons of other race/ethnicities (62.5%), and Hispanics (61.0%). In addition, those with Medicare (60.7%) or a military health plan (55.3%) were less likely to say they were interested in quitting than those with private insurance (70.4%) or Medicaid (71.2%).

While 68.8% wanted to stop smoking, 52.4% had made a quit attempt in the past year. Quit attempts decreased with age; older smokers were less likely to have made a quit attempt than younger smokers. However, 68.3% of the smokers who tried to quit did so without using evidence-based cessation counseling or medications, and only 48.3% of those who had visited a health-care provider in the past year reported receiving advice to quit smoking. Little overall change has been observed in these measures in the past decade. However, the prevalence of quit attempts did increase from 2001 to 2010 among those aged 25-64 years.


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