Less Smokers Reported in the USA

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New data released by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention demonstrates that in 2013 in the USA the number of adult smokers achieved a record low level.

Today only 17.8% smoke which makes 42.1 million adult Americans. Health experts say that numbers of today are a great progress since 18.1% smoked in 2012 and 20.9% in 2005.

Dr. Tim McAfee, director of the agency’s Office on Smoking and Health, says that though latest data is encouraging still a lot of work should be done to reduce smoking rates even more.

The number of daily smokers reduced from 80.8% in 2005 to 76.9% in 2013. Also the number of cigarettes smoked daily is reduced from 16.7 in 2005 to 14.2 in 2013.

As to the rate of smokers who use less than 10 cigarettes per day, the number is increased from 16.4% in 2005 to 23.3% in 2013. According to Brian King, a senior CDC scientific advisor, if a smoker reduces number of cigarettes he normally uses it will have not significant benefits on health.

The report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also reveals that smoking rates among youth achieved lower level in 2013 declining from 14% to 12.7% among high-school students, and from 3.5% to 2.9% of middle-school students. From 2000 the number of high-school students who smoke was reduced from 28%, and the number of middle-school students was reduced from 11%.

Experts are worried that e-cigarettes are becoming popular among youth. Thus their use was increased from 1.5% to 4.5% among high-school students. As to adults, report showed that 1.9% of adult Americans currently use e-cigarettes.

Anti-smoking activists demand the introduction of the Affordable Care Act which will help to provide coverage for tobacco cessation treatment, including medication. and counseling. However, it is not clear if there will be approved smoking cessation medication called Zonnic for covered medication. It is a product by Reynolds American Inc.

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