Author(s): Centers for Disease Control, Centers for Disease Control
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Abstract One of the national health objectives for 2010 is to reduce the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults to < or =12\% (objective no. 27-1a). To assess progress toward this objective, CDC analyzed self-reported data from the 2004 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) sample adult core questionnaire. This report describes the results of that analysis, which indicated that, in 2004, approximately 20.9\% of U.S. adults were current smokers. This prevalence is lower than the 21.6\% prevalence among U.S. adults in 2003 and is significantly lower than the 22.5\% prevalence among adults in 2002. The prevalence of heavy smoking (> or =25 cigarettes per day) has also declined during the past 11 years, from 19.1\% of smokers in 1993 to 12.1\% of smokers in 2004. Tobacco-use prevention and control measures appear to be decreasing both the prevalence of cigarette smoking and the proportion of heavy smokers, who are at high risk for tobacco-related morbidity and mortality. However, to further decrease smoking prevalence among adults and to meet the national health objective, effective comprehensive tobacco-control programs that address both initiation and cessation of smoking should be fully implemented in every state and territory.
This article was published in MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep
and referenced in Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research