(WASHINGTON) - Fewer American adults are smoking cigarettes, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report also says that daily smokers are smoking fewer cigarettes each day.
The report covers data from 2005 to 2010 and shows an estimated 19.3 percent of American adults, aged 18 and older, continue to smoke, marking a decline from 20.9 percent in 2005.
CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. says that although any decline in the number of smokers is a step in the right direction, tobacco use still remains a significant health burden for the people of United States.
The data from CDC’s National Health Interview Survey show fewer American adults are smoking. However, the rate of the decline between 2005 and 2010 is slower than in the previous five-year period.
Tim McAfee, M.D., M.P.H., director of the CDC Office on Smoking and Health, says the slowing trend shows the need for more intensified efforts to reduce cigarette smoking amongst adults, and points to the success of efforts such as higher tobacco prices, aggressive media campaigns and graphic health warnings, to name a few.
Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Tobacco use and exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke kill an estimated 443,000 Americans each year.
In addition to the loss of human life, the CDC also reports smoking costs about $193 billion annually in direct health care expenses and lost productivity.
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