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Vital Signs: Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults Aged ≥18 Years — United States, 2005–2010.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR Weekly; Vol. 60, Early Release, Sept. 6, 2011.
This new report on data from CDC’s National Health Interview Survey shows that the number of American adults smoking declined from 20.9 percent in 2005 to 19.3 percent in 2010. Of adult smokers, 78.2 percent (35.4 million people) smoke every day. In addition to fewer adults smoking, the percent of adult smokers who smoke nine or fewer cigarettes per day (light smokers) rose from 16.4 percent in 2005 to 21.8 percent in 2010. The percentage of heavy smokers (those smoking 30 or more cigarettes per day) fell from 12.7 percent in 2005 to 8.3 percent in 2010. While fewer adults are smoking in 2010 than in 2005, the rate of the decline between 2005 and 2010 is slower than in the previous five-year period.

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