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U.S. Won't Meet 2010 No-Smoking Goals
Date:11/13/2008

Almost 20% of adults smoked last year, far short of government objective of 12%, CDC says

THURSDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- It's unlikely the United States will meet its Healthy People 2010 objective of reducing the adult smoking rate to 12 percent or less, say experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That failure will mean continued high levels of smoking-related health problems, deaths and lost productivity will still plague the nation, according to a number of CDC studies released Thursday.

Smoking is a leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, but comprehensive tobacco control programs could prevent millions of premature deaths and save the nation billions.

In one study, researchers analyzed data from the 2007 National Health Interview Survey. They found that 19.8 percent (43.4 million) of American adults were current cigarette smokers, a level somewhat lower than in 2006 (20.8 percent), 2005 (20.9 percent), and 2004 (20.9 percent).

However, based on that trend, it's doubtful the United States will achieve its 2010 target, the researchers said.

In 2007, 39.8 percent (13.4 million) adult smokers who wanted to quit actually did stop smoking for one day or more in the previous 12 months, the same study found. Among the 86.8 million adults who smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime (defined as "ever smokers"), 52.1 percent (47.3 million) no longer smoked by the time they were interviewed in 2007.

Another study found that between 2000-2004, about 443,000 people in the United States died prematurely each year due to smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke. That number is higher than the average estimate of 438,000 deaths per year from 1997 to 2001 and is predominately the result of population growth, the researchers said.

This analysis of the CDC's Adult and Child Health Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Morbidity an
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