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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.

Indiana has Highest Smoking Rates in the USA

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In the course of fifty years many things may happen. Thus 50 years ago there was no Internet but smoking was cool and more than 40% of Americans smoked.

In January 1964, the American surgeon general  Luther Terry released the first government report saying smoking causes a number of diseases. It was expected that people would refuse from smoking and it would disappear in future.

However, people continue to smoke even if they know the effects of it. Numerous studies do connect smoking to lung disease, heart problems, breast cancer and other health problems,

The surgeon general is expected to release a report at the end of the week with a review of past 50 years and recommendations for the next 50 years.  According to Dr. Stephen J. Jay, a professor of public health and medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, today there are 43 million smokers in the USA.

If  Luther Terry, the author of 1964 report, was alive today he would have been surprised at how many people still smoke. Michael Terry, the son of  Luther Terry, say that his father would be disappointed. Luther Terry died in 1985. When he released his report his son was in high school.

About 19% of American adults smoke and Indiana is in top 10 for the percentage of smokers. More pregnant women in Indiana smoke in comparison with the rest of the country.

Smoking Restrictions in U.S. States

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Indiana
Is a tobacco-free state, however, there may be made some exceptions for use of tobacco products outdoors near student residence halls.  and conference centers.

Nebraska
Use of tobacco products is prohibited indoors and within 10 feet of building entrances.

Pennsylvania
Smoking  is prohibited indoors and near buildings outdoors including Beaver Stadium.

Illinois
Becomes smoke-free from January 1, 2014. no smoking permitted inside or outdoors on campus, including private vehicles.

Iowa
Smoke-free state by law.

Michigan
Tobacco-free state.

Ohio
Tobacco-free from January 1, 2012, except for Native American ceremonies, theatrical productions, some campus retail locations, Nationwide Arena and designated outdoor zones at the Schottenstein Center.

Michigan
Smoking  is prohibited indoors but is permitted in designated private residences or hotel rooms including near building entrances. Sale of tobacco products is prohibited on university grounds.

Minnesota
Smoking  is prohibited indoors and within 25 feet of building entrances but is allowed at theater performances, Native American ceremonies, research studies and private vehicles.

Wisconsin
Smoking  is prohibited indoors and within 25 feet of building entrances, but is permitted in designated areas. University apartment and hotel rooms can be designated smoking areas.

100,000 People in the USA Quit Smoking Due to Anti-Tobacco Campaign

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A study released by the CDC found that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s campaign “Tips From Former Smokers” made almost 1.6 million smokers try to quit smoking. The results of the study were published in the medical journal, The Lancet.

During the three-month anti-tobacco campaign of 2012, more than 200,000 smokers in the USA had quit cigarettes, among which there was estimated that more than 100,000 will likely quit smoking permanently. The original goal of the campaign was 500,000 quit attempts and 50,000 successful quits.

Thousands of adult smokers and non-smokers participated in a survey before and after the campaign. The results of the survey showed that people who quitted smoking added more than a third of a million years of life to the American. population.  The anti-tobacco campaign began on March, 2012, and ended on June 10, 2012.

Federal agency for the first time had created and placed paid ads for a national tobacco education campaign. In the ads participated former smokers who told stories about their life with smoking-related diseases. There was provided a telephone number 1-800-QUIT-NOW for smokers to call for free support and website to access for more information.

CDC Director Tom Frieden said that the results of the study are great. Quitting smoking can be quite difficult and this is the most important step you can take to a healthier living. It may take several attempts to succeed but the result id worth trying.

Theere was found that millions of non-smokers told to their friends and family about risks of smoking. 80% of smokers and 75% of non-smokers said thay saw at least one of advertisements during the three-month campaign.  The number of calls to quitline more than doubled during the campaign and visits to the website were 5 times higher than for the same 12-week period in 2011.