Thursday, November 10, 2011

Smokers are smoking less

Less heavy smokers while the light on the rise, but even occasional smokers smoking can harm

Less adult American are smoking cigarettes, according to a new report of vital signs of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also, daily smokers are smoking cigarettes less each day, she said.

The report which focuses on data from 2005 to 2010, watch of approximately 19.3% - or 45.3 million - American adults, aged 18 years and more, continue to smoke, a decline of 20.9% in 2005. These adults who smoke, 78.2% (35.4 million) smoked daily.

The percentage of adult daily smokers U.S. smokers nine cigarettes or less per day raised to 21.8% in 2010, by 16.4% in 2005. The percentage who smoke cigarettes 30 or more per day increased from 12.7% to 8.3% during the same period.

"Any drop in the number of people who smoke and the number of cigarettes consumed is a step in the right direction." "However, the use of tobacco is still a burden for the health of the people of the United States," said Director of CDC Tom Frieden, MD, MPH "States with stronger tobacco control programs have the most successful in the reduction of smoking.""You do not have to be a heavy smoker or smoker of long-time to get a smoking-related disease or having a heart attack or an asthma attack,", said Dr. Frieden. "The sooner you quit smoking, before your body can begin to heal."

Although data from National Health Interview Survey of the CDC showed that smoke less adult Americans, the rate of decline between 2005 and 2010 is slower than in the previous period four.

"This slowdown trend demonstrates the need for efforts to reduce smoking among adults," said Tim McAfee, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the Office of the CDC on smoking and health. "We know what works: higher prices of tobacco, campaigns in the media hard-hitting, graphics on packs of cigarettes and 100% smoke-free policy warnings, with the help of easily accessible for those who want to quit smoking.". "These approaches are proven to reduce tobacco use and reduce the burden of health and economic impact of the United States tobacco-related diseases".

Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death and diseases of the United States. Tobacco use and exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke would kill an estimated 443,000 Americans each year. For each a smoking-related death, another 20 people are living with a smoking-related disease. In addition to the loss of human lives, smoking costs $ 193 billion per year in direct health care costs and lost productivity. Tobacco control programs that have been proven to reduce tobacco use have also been proven to reduce health care costs directly related to the use of tobacco. Smokers can get free resources and help to stop smoking by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) or visit

Vital signs is a CDC report which appears on the first Tuesday of the month in the framework of the review of CDC morbidity and mortality Weekly Report or MMWR. The report provides the latest data and information on key indicators of health. It is the prevention of cancer, obesity, smoking, security of the passengers in motor vehicles, overdose of prescription drugs, HIV/AIDS, the consumption of alcohol, health, heart health care-associated infections, pregnancy in adolescent girls, asthma and food safety.

CDC works 24/7 saving lives, protecting people against the threats of the health and money to have a safer nation. If these threats are acute or chronic, artificial or natural, human error or a attack deliberate, global or domestic, CDC is U.S. health protection agency.

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