Cigarette Smoking in Adults Hits 50 Year Low

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Adult cigarette smoking has hit the lowest mark it has ever seen since the National Health Interview Survey began keeping track in 1965. This great news comes from a recent report put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a matter of fact, the rate of cigarette smoking adults has dropped to 17.8% in 2013 down from 20.9% in 2005. Tim McAfee, M.D., M.P.H. is the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office on Smoking and Health. He said that “There is encouraging news in this study, but we still have much more work to do to help people quit,” but “We can bring down cigarette smoking rates much further, much faster, if strategies proven to work are put in place like funding tobacco control programs at the CDC-recommended levels, increasing prices of tobacco products, implementing and enforcing comprehensive smoke-free laws, and sustaining hard-hitting media campaigns.”

Don't get us wrong, these numbers and statistics are great but others are still smoking at a high rate. These include those individuals that live below the poverty level, multi-racial ethnicities, high school dropouts, Native American Indians, southerners, males in general, people with disabilities, midwesterners, and LGBT persons. For the first time ever in 2013, the NHIS started tracking stats on specific sexual orientation and found that 27% of the LGBT community smokes.

For instance, 21% of men smoke compared to 15% of women. Studies have also shown that highly educated people are less likely to smoke than dropouts, GED holders and high school graduates. Only 6% of people with graduate degrees and 9% with undergraduate degrees smoke, compared to the 22% of smokers with high school diplomas and 41% with GEDs. 23% of disabled people smoke and 29% of those living below the poverty line smoke.

Some other great stats from the CDC's report show that the number of people smoking everyday dropped to 76.9% in 2013 compared to 80.8% in 2005 and out of those daily smokers, the number of cigarettes smoked each day also took a dive to 14.2% from 16.7% for the same time period. Daily smokers who smoked a pack or more cigarettes every day dropped to 29.3% in 2013 from 34.9% in 2005. However, the number of those who smoked less than 10 per day rose from 16.4% in 2005 to 23.3% in 2013 and smokers that only consume on some days increased to 23.1% in 2013 from 19.2% in 2005.

Dr. Brian King, Ph.D is the senior scientific advisor with CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. He stated “Though smokers are smoking fewer cigarettes, cutting back by a few cigarettes a day rather than quitting completely does not produce significant health benefits,” and that "Smokers who quit before they’re 40 years old can get back almost all of the 10 years of life expectancy smoking takes away.”

Smoking is still the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the U.S. so more can still be done. To this day, smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year. If you smoke and are ready to quit, call Legacy Freedom. We have treatments for every level of substance abuse. Nicotine is one of the top 5 most addictive substances but you don't have to go through the withdrawal symptoms alone. Call us, we can help.

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