Smoking Rate Decreases in the US, Reveals CDC
There is some good news on the smoking front as the CDC reports that fewer adults are smoking and that too fewer cigarettes every day. The report reveals that 19.3% of adults smoked in the past year, less than the 21% in 2005. Also, only eight percent smoked more than 30 cigarettes daily, down from 13% in 2005. This means there is a reduction of three million smokers compared to 2005. In 2009, the smoking rate was 20.6%.
However, health officials were not enthused as this drop is much slower than expected. However they were positive and said the decline, even though small, is a step in the right direction. They also opined that smoking and tobacco use remain great health burdens.
Smoking is a Health Hazard
Health experts say smoking kills 50% of all smokers if they continue without quitting. Even light smokers can be affected by asthma and heart attacks. Therefore, smokers should quit as soon as possible, to allow their bodies to heal. The study interviewed about 27,000 American adults.
Tobacco Industry Offering Discounts
The CDC says new laws on clear air and greater taxation on cigarettes are the reasons for the slight decline in smoking rate. But, tobacco firms are hard at work to nullify the good work as they have started offering tempting discounts to lure more customers.
Tobacco Firms Against Graphic Labeling
If this slow decline rate continues till 2020, the number of smokers will reduce only to 17% of the population, which is much higher than the US government’s goal of 12%. The government has proposed to put graphic labels on cigarette packs to discourage smokers. But, this move has been sued by tobacco firms.
Poor People Smoke More
The CDC says states that have enforced strong programs against smoking like California and Utah have benefited as the rates of smoking here are far less than the national average. Disparities are also a concern as less educated, low-income adults are more likely to be smokers. The habit is also popular among Native Americans and those living in Alaska.