09 | 16 | 2011

STRONG TOBACCO CONTROL PROGRAMS TRANSLATE TO REDUCED SMOKING RATES

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fewer adults in the United States are smoking cigarettes and daily users are now smoking less each day.

The CDC report covers data from 2005 to 2010 and shows that in 2010, 19.3 percent of adults in the U.S., aged 18 or older, continued to smoke, a slight decline from 20.9 percent in 2005. In addition, percentage of heavy smokers who light up 30 or more cigarettes per day fell from 12.7 percent to 8.3 percent during the same period.

Taxation may be the key to deterring people from picking up the bad habit. According to the Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids, for every 10 percent increase in cigarette prices, smoking among young adults declines seven percent, while smoking among the general population also falls four percent.

In New York, tobacco sales dropped by 27 percent after state officials voted to increase the cigarette tax to $4.35 a pack in 2010, the highest in the nation.

In addition to increased cigarette prices, comprehensive state tobacco control programs have also been successful in helping people kick this deadly habit and preventing new smokers from ever starting.

"States with the strongest tobacco control programs have the greatest success at reducing smoking and tobacco use, especially among kids," said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden.

To read the latest CDC report, click here.